‘Fatal accident waiting to happen’ at park
72-YEAR-OLD Daryl Cupitt has been concerned for the safety of residents passing through the park on Granville Street with a ‘potential fall waiting to happen’.
According to Mr Cupitt, roughly 50 feet from a kids sandpit and play area are two grates.
One smaller grate on a slope with no barrier around and a second larger stormwater grate on a much steeper slope at the far end of the park.
Mr Cupitt brought to the attention of the Banana Shire Council about 12 months ago that these two grates had no proper barrier around them to prevent a person from falling.
“I reported this and nothing happened,” Mr Cupitt said.
“After getting a response from council a month ago, they sent workers down here about two weeks ago and they cleared off the debris off the larger grate but nothing else.
“The only reason I persist with this is because I know someone will end up hurting themselves.”
Council today put up a temporary barrier around the large grate and also mowed and tided the grass area around the large grate.
Mayor Nev Ferrier said council is aware of the situation with the grates and said
council has had problems with individuals removing or damaging the safety barrier that has been put in place.
“Council is working to resolve the issue and will be starting by putting a temporary safety barrier in place,” Cr Ferrier said.
“Council’s parks and garden crew is responsible for the care and maintenance of 48 parks and gardens across the shire.
“This maintenance is carried out on a well-planned schedule.
“There has been a safety barrier around the grate for some time, it just regularly gets vandalised.”
Mr Cupitt is most disappointed in the fact that after contacting council several times about the hazard, a measure to prevent a possible fall has only been taken today and only one of the grates has had a barrier placed around it.
“The system should be able to be fast tracked to that day I first reported it, council should’ve started staff picking and bunting around these grates,” Mr Cupitt said.
“I’m disappointed that after months and months council have still only done 50 per cent of the job.
“People always use this park as a shortcut and can you imagine somebody walking through here at night not being able to see and falling down one of these grates.”