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Mum wants council action on injury

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Eight-year-old Biloela girl Caiti Popple fell off this rock at Lions Park and broke her wrist last week. Her parents want signs and a soft fall area installed.
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Eight-year-old Biloela girl Caiti Popple fell off this rock at Lions Park and broke her wrist last week. Her parents want signs and a soft fall area installed.

SUSAN Popple watched on in horror as her daughter Caiti cried in agony.

Caiti, 8, had fallen off a rock near the Bille Brown chair in the Biloela Lions Park at around 5pm on Thursday last week.

Caiti had been playing with several children on the rock, which is dedicated to past Callide Valley Lions Members, when she fell off and landed on her arm.

There is cement and a rough area of small pebbles that the blonde girl had fallen on after she had tried to help another child up on to the rock.

Susan had been sitting at one of the nearby covered picnic tables when a child's scream disturbed the previously joyful scene.

“I felt pretty helpless - there is nothing you can do except take her to hospital,” the worried mum said.

That's what she did - Caiti broke her right wrist in two places.

“It felt really sore,” Caiti said.

Susan said big brother Joseph, 9, who had been playing nearby, had been very supportive of his little sister.

She said while the doctor was checking out Caiti's arm, Joseph told his mum to go comfort Caiti.

Caiti said she was disappointed to spoil her holidays, including not being able to go swimming.

She will wear a cast for at least a month, impacting on her schooling as she is right-handed.

Still wearing a half cast when the family spoke to Central Telegraph, she was looking forward to a full cast so people could sign it.

Susan thanked the nurses and the doctor at the hospital for their assistance.

Susan said Banana Shire Council could do more for safety at the park.

“There are no signs not to climb.

“If there had been a soft fall area at the bottom of the rock, this may not have happened.

“You stick a rock there, kids are gonna climb it,” Susan said.

Council CEO Ray Geraghty said staff were investigating the matter.

He said they were unaware of the accident until the family emailed council on Friday.

Susan yesterday said she hadn't heard back from the council.


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