Playground shade structure removed

Ongoing vandalism has led to Byron Council permanently removing the majority of shade structures at playgrounds across the shire.

And after a recent photograph and story in the Byron News showing children playing on top of a shade structure at a Suffolk Park playground, the council has issued an urgent warning to children using the council’s playgrounds of the dangers of using shade sails for ‘dangerous and unauthorised purposes’.

The council’s executive manager of asset management services, Phil Holloway, said the shadecloth was cut by children to gain access to the roof top.

Mr Holloway said the photograph clearly demonstrated how dangerous it was.

"The roof structure is there for shade, not as a trampoline or a climbing structure,” he said.

"We are asking the community to be on the lookout for the inappropriate use or destruction of property and please report it to council or the police.

“We also encourage adults to supervise their children when they are using these facilities to ensure that their use is safe and appropriate.”

Mr Holloway said the council was looking at ways to modify the shade structures to limit the access to the shade sail roof tops.

He said the majority of shade structures in the shire had to be permanently removed due to vandalism and inappropriate use.

It not only cost significant funds to replace and repair the equipment, but the playground might be left without shade protection for a period of time, Mr Holloway said.

Incidents of vandalism can be reported to the council on 6626 7000.

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