Council signs up for skate park warnings



THE HASSLE of introducing rules to halt the chances of being sued is a necessary modern evil for Rockhampton City Council.

Due to complaints the council is erecting signs at the city's skate park, telling boarders when the lights go out to stop them being dan- gerously caught in the dark mid-trick.

Council Sport and Recreation co-ordinator Nick Hauser said the skate park signs and addi- tional lighting became necessary after receiv- ing feedback from users.

"It's a big issue to eliminate the danger of them falling on their head, but it will also make it a safer place with extra lighting after the main lights go out.''

Even more signs will eliminate motorised vehicles from the traffic park and dirt bikes from a block of land at the corner of Boundary and Yaamba roads.

It was an illegal activity and inappropriate to mix the vehicles with people on cycles, Mr Hauser said.

Councillor John Broad, chairman of the council's parks and recreation committee, knows more rules and restrictions are expensive and time-consuming but necessary.

"I think we've become pedantic, we've exagger- ated the dangers in places, but we have to abide by the standards that are set for us and there's no escaping that. We do have to meet the re- quirements of insurers as well. We need to be pro-active and minimise the dangers.''

A recent example of increased risk manage- ment was revamping playground safety inspec- tions. Each site requires examinations every two weeks so at least five grounds need to be sighted by the inspector every day.



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