Mum scores win for the lit­tle ones in push for play­ground

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

PORT Dou­glas mother Natalie Gastin has scored a win for the lit­tle peo­ple af­ter com­plain­ing about the re­moval of play­ground equip­ment from a pop­u­lar park.

The new play­ground at Bruno Ried­weg Me­mo­rial Park on Solan­der Boule­vard was in­stalled one week ago and is de­signed for chil­dren aged four to 12, re­plac­ing the old play­ground which the tod­dlers all en­joyed.

Ms Gastin sent an an­gry mes­sage to Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil for re­mov­ing the only play­ground in Port Dou­glas her two-year-old son Frankie and his friends could play on.

“It was the only one that catered for young kids, crawlers, and tod­dlers,” Ms Gas­ton said.

“My son Frankie has just turned two and he is a real climber but most of his friends aren’t, all of the crawlers and one-year-olds have no hope.”

Natalie sent the coun­cil a com­plaint and en­cour­aged her friends to also voice their con­cerns about the new play­ground.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the com­plaint, coun­cil called Natalie di­rectly to apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience.

“Natalie, as well as an­other res­i­dent, high­lighted their con­cerns, this was for­warded to the rel­e­vant Coun­cil Of­fi­cer who con­tacted both res­i­dents the same day to dis­cuss their con­cerns,” pro­ject ser­vices man­ager Bran Fine­gan said.

“Cor­re­spon­dence has since been for­warded to them at­tach­ing a se­lec­tion of suit­able ac­tiv­i­ties for con­sid­er­a­tion and it is hoped that the new ac­tiv­i­ties can be in­stalled in the com­ing month.”

Natalie was amazed by the pos­i­tive re­sponse.

“They are go­ing to put in two pieces of equip­ment that are tai­lored for the un­der fours, he will send me the range of equip­ment and I can take it to my friends in the com­mu­nity who have lit­tle ones and choose the items,” she said.

Can’t reach: Frankie Gastin and Elona and Havana Carr-Walker

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