Safety fears demolish a childhood institution

THERE was a time when summer holidays and long days without school stretched before you begging to be filled with bike rides to the creek where the tree house was.

That was then and now, after a child was badly injured falling from a treehouse on Gladstone City Council land about one month ago, council employee Brent Braddick has had to remove or secure the safety of the tree houses.

He wished there was another way to keep Gladstone's children safe.

'I was brought up in the country and did all sorts of crazy things,' Mr Braddick said.

'I hate being involved in bringing them down but you can see how flimsy it is.'

While the treehouse is an intrinsic part of childhood for many, Mr Braddick has seen the traps many of these treehouses are, perched high above the ground, sometimes on dead branches and poorly made.

Joanne Coop grew up in Gladstone and said the range of activities for this summer's children in Gladstone had become very limited and people shouldn't be surprised when bored children were mischievous.

Treehouses can still be built on private land.



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