Muddy mess danger for kids
A SMALL footbridge crosses a pond in parkland between Tinana Greens estate and Gympie Road.
But the pond and parkland are far from scenic.
Beer bottles are thrown into the muddy water late at night and mosquitoes breed profusely in the muck.
Children too young to understand the risks play in the mud.
While the parkland is mown on a regular basis, residents are calling for the council to turn the land into a more attractive and useable recreation space.
“The council should give the park a name and put in a playground for the kids and maybe a picnic table,” Lionel Stainer said.
“It should be safe for little kids to play here.
“I’ve seen small children playing near the bridge, up to their knees in mud; one looked no more than four years old.”
Mr Stainer said the land was a regular route taken by residents of the estate but poor drainage meant it became a waterlogged and weed-choked mess, especially after heavy rain.
“This estate is getting bigger and bigger and there are lots of young families here,” he said.
“People use this path to get to the shops and tavern.
“If the council can spend millions of dollars on a water park, surely they can put a few dollars towards this.”
A Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesman said the council had no plans to revamp the park in the current budget but it was a possibility in future budgets.
He said the parkland would continue to be maintained as passive open recreation space.