Kariong playspace needs

safety improvements

A community petition calling on Central Coast Council to provide a safety fence and shade at the new Kariong Playspace, on Curringa Road, has been launched.

Stefanie Moebus with her daughter and Dr Reid at the Kariong Playspace on Curringa Road, Kariong.

10 April 2024

 

FOLLOWING the completion of the Kariong playspace, residents in have been hesitant to let their children play on the equipment because there is no fence or shade.

 

The Federal Member for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid, has created a petition and is lobbying Council for these safety provisions.

 

Dr Gordon Reid said “Residents have told me that cars travelling along Curringa Road regularly exceed the speed limit.

 

“The playspace is only a few metres away from this busy road and parents are concerned that the conditions are too dangerous for children to play on the equipment.

 

“On top of this, there is no adequate shade which leaves children and parents at risk of skin cancer.

 

“I am launching this petition to call on Central Coast Council to address these safety issues.”

 

Local Kariong mum, Stefanie Moebus said that the recently opened playground in Kariong provided a modern play space and was a wonderful addition to the local community but the missing shade and fence is a real concern for their community.

 

“In summer, the sun heats up the play equipment very rapidly and without shade clothes or more trees, kids can end up with serious burns from hot equipment. On top of that, skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia and children are particularly at risk," Stefanie Moebus said.

 

“While we are all taught the importance of slip, slop, slap, it’s also important to seek out shade and have shade structures at playgrounds.

 

“The road is also too close to the playground to leave it unfenced. Especially if you have more than one child in your care, it’s almost impossible to watch all their movements for every second that you are out.

 

“Never underestimate the speed of a determined toddler with no road sense. As a local parent with two young kids, I would love to see a safe outdoor play space for our family to enjoy.”

 

You can sign the community petition here.

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