Mum scores win for the little ones in push for playground
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