Parents furious over syringes found at Coast playground

Syringes were found in Brightwater Park by council workers.
Syringes were found in Brightwater Park by council workers. Jason Dougherty

RESIDENTS at Brightwater estate are outraged that syringes are being dumped at a busy children's playground.

Sunshine Coast Council officers were on site within an hour of being notified that syringes had been found at the playground opposite Aldi, Councillor Christian Dickson wrote on the Brightwater community's Facebook page on Wednesday.

"Officers raked the sand with a specialised sieve to ensure all hazards were removed," he wrote.

We have received the following update from Councillor Christian Dickson on possible playground hazards at Brightwater:...

Posted by Brightwater on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Brightwater estate resident Caitlin Kinnear has two young children, and says security guards are needed to stop the dangerous activity.

"I was angry that someone could be so irresponsible," she told the Daily. "I have two young kids, three and 18 months."

Ms Kinnear had been living in the area for four years, and said the community was generally a very friendly and safe one.

Families and children used the streets regularly, she said. Ms Kinnear said drug users and youths needed to be better controlled.

"I really dislike young teens using parks late at night for gatherings, leaving rubbish (and) cigarette butts," she said.

"I feel perhaps security patrols should include parks at night time to move them on."

"It is near impossible for them to check all the sand for any dangers," she said

Mother of two Abbie McCabe said she was pleased the council had responded so quickly and removed the syringes, but said she was concerned it would happen again.

"Another fellow said he had picked up a couple (of syringes) and had disposed of them safely," she said.

The proximity of the new Brightwater Tavern had seen an increase in the number of bottles, cigarette butts and other rubbish that was regularly dumped in the playground, she said.

"I live near that park and use the area daily with my children, but I'm too scared to go there," she said.

She suggested the council replace the sand with a flexible rubber surface, which would be easier to check for dangerous objects.

"There's so much sand. What's to say that when they're raking it they don't miss something?"

Dozens of Brightwater estate residents debated the issue on Facebook.

Cr Dickson wrote that playgrounds in the area were inspected six times per week for vandalism, wear and tear, and contamination from litter and debris.

He urged residents to report suspicious activity to Queensland Police.

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