Playground fencing needed

NO POOL fence could mean the loss of a child's life or a fine, but the majority of Gladstone playgrounds, even by main roads, aren't fenced.

Care provider Leanne Gourley said the lack of fences around playgrounds near roads made life hell.

"It's a big issue ? you can only chase one kid at a time,'' Leanne said.

"You come to the park to relax but if you come with your child you can't relax.

"The object of the playground is to take the kids to play. They're used to running until they get to the fence and you can't in Gladstone.

"I've had plenty of scares ? it's stopped me going with some kids.

"With certain children I couldn't go to the park and that in turn meant other kids can't go because I take them out together.

"If they're runners it can only take two seconds and they're in danger. Money would have to be the issue. Just look at how highly fences are rated around pools and schools ? obviously for safety reasons they're considered very important.

A Gladstone City Council representative was unavailable to comment.



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