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    Default Pond Regulations?

    Hey i've been thinking of having a little pond in the backyard in the last week. My mate reckons there's a maximum depth in the regulations for Victoria regarding pond depth.

    Question is, is there a regulation? and if there is what depth.

    i've been searching the web, but i guess i'm not good with Googling

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    how big did u men by little pond coz u probably wont go over it, i cant recall the actuall size but i think its pretty substantial and a pond 2 or 3 m wide and 45cm deep would be fine

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    i was thinking of something like 2m x 2m
    not square but with some curves i guess?
    but will probably hold similar volumes to a 2m x 2m


    and between 40-60 cm deep
    Last edited by yoyoo; 07-10-09 at 06:23 PM.

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    ring your local council and ask what your local regulations are.

    it varies form place to place, you may want to check if you can even fill it with current water restrictions. here your only allowed to top up a pond if it is supporting fish.

    once you go over 300-450mm in depth you definetly need to ask the council.
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    was hoping some one has already done that for me :P

    dandenong is where i live, so if anyone's got info for that before i ring up the council it'll be greatly appreciated.

    i don't plan on filling it up asap, would probably "recycle" tank water and just have lots of plants in the pond to clean it up i guess and rain water cause the rain water barrel is topping up and over filling

    unless that's not a good idea,

    as you guys probably can tell i haven't done much research on this since the idea's sorta just catching on a couple days ago.

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    Calling your local council is still the best bet. Imagine the following scenario..

    Gets a yellow card from council about pond
    Council: This does not meet council regulations
    You: Oh I have check with the internet guys, its was fine a few months ago
    Council: The law was updated a few month ago, here is the notice to comply with in ## days or we will fine you
    You: Ah crap.. should have called the council.

    Get the drift? Regulations do change and you'd be in the poo if you dont comply.... Doing the work up front will save you lots of hassles and potential dollars later.


    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoo View Post
    was hoping some one has already done that for me :P

    dandenong is where i live, so if anyone's got info for that before i ring up the council it'll be greatly appreciated.

    i don't plan on filling it up asap, would probably "recycle" tank water and just have lots of plants in the pond to clean it up i guess and rain water cause the rain water barrel is topping up and over filling

    unless that's not a good idea,

    as you guys probably can tell i haven't done much research on this since the idea's sorta just catching on a couple days ago.

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    fair point yotis

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    Anyways for those that live under the Dandenong Council
    there is no maximum depth,

    information founded yesterday dated 15th October 2009
    just in case you quote me saying there's no limit but in the future they introduce a limit

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    Oh dear... probably a bad info to put here... Ken might see this and decided to move to Dandenong council area as the next step to "expand" his pond

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    hahaha that sounds good :P
    more fish "enthusiasts" the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by yotis View Post
    Oh dear... probably a bad info to put here... Ken might see this and decided to move to Dandenong council area as the next step to "expand" his pond
    I need to move closer to Bob so I can put more Tropicals out in the Pond, not down South Alex ....

    Yes its the same regulations here, when my Building Inspector came out a few weeks ago he told me the council has no regulations on Ponds, none at all, so anything goes. That made my Day knowing that I have stuck to the 450max depth as well as added safety features as if its a Pool.

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