Pare­mata Bridge jumpers

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I write con­cern­ing re­cent pub­lic­ity re­gard­ing the young folk swim­ming near the Pare­mata boat ramp.

My con­cern is not that there is an is­sue that needs sorting, but that dra­co­nian ac­tions might be taken that will have an im­pact on the young­sters’ right to play in the area.

As has pre­vi­ously been high­lighted, if the prob­lem is con­sid­ered holis­ti­cally there are three agen­cies in­volved, along with the var­i­ous users.

Our big fear is that a so­lu­tion may force­fully eject the kids from bridge jump­ing. Do­ing some­thing they en­joy and have the right to do – en­joy­ing life, testing their phys­i­cal agility and men­tal skills.

Let’s not knee­jerk in re­sponse to an iden­ti­fied is­sue – the haz­ard

at the boat ramp cre­ated by boats and swim­mers.

We ask the agen­cies to take care not to sti­fle the young­sters and make them feel un­wanted, dis­grun­tled and an­gry per­haps.

We need to find a so­lu­tion to cater for the young­sters and not de­stroy their right of pas­sage, jump­ing from Pare­mata Bridge.

The kids mean no harm and show no mal­ice in what they are do­ing. They are young­sters full of the joys of life.

The agen­cies in­volved need to work to­gether and come up with a so­lu­tion. We need to en­sure the young­sters’ needs are met. We need to in­volve them.

A fi­nal plea. The so­lu­tion to the boat ramp is­sue does not lie in larger signs, as some sug­gest. There is far too much vis­ual pol­lu­tion around al­ready.

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