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Used syringe left in children's park

The needle found in the park in Maryborough.
The needle found in the park in Maryborough. Contributed

A MARYBOROUGH mum has told of her anger and disgust after her four-year-old daughter walked on a used needle at Jacob's Park in Christensen Cres.

Fortunately the needle was capped and her daughter Shakira was wearing shoes, but Carol Pengelly said there was no excuse for anyone to leave a used syringe, which could spread any number of diseases, on the ground at a children's playground.

Ms Pengelly often takes her children, including six-month-old Mason, to the park and says it is usually a clean and safe place.

Her partner Shaun Oakley used a napkin to pick the syringe up and dispose of it so other families wouldn't be at risk.

Ms Pengelly shared a photo of the syringe to the Fraser Coast Brickbats and Bouquets Facebook page, which attracted outrage from other parents.

Failing to properly dispose of a syringe is a criminal offence.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said council workers regularly maintained parks around the Fraser Coast, but workers did not have eyes in the backs of their heads.

Cr O'Connell said staff was trained to keep an eye out for syringes and other sharps. He said it was a timely reminder for parents to keep an eye on their children at parks because in this day and age you couldn't be too careful.

Cr O'Connell also said amenities were readily available for those who used syringes.

"People need to dispose of syringes correctly and appropriately," Cr O'Connell said, adding that the incident could have had significant consequences for the family.

"Thankfully it's an isolated incident," he said.

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