Call for bins after syringes discovery

By Emma Cornford

Four used syringes found on a corner opposite Grafton Public School on Monday afternoon have prompted calls for sharps bins in the area.

The concerned mother who discovered the syringes, who preferred not to be named, said it was not the first time she and her husband had discovered sharps on the corner.

"We occasionally find syringes on that corner ... but on Monday my husband went to take our son to the park and there were four syringes lying on the grass on the corner, right opposite a primary school," she said.

"It's just foul and we had to take our three-year-old down there and explain to him to never ever touch them, but he shouldn't have to worry about that kind of thing at his age. I know you can't keep a 24-hour lookout but maybe some bins there would be a good idea."

Grafton Public School principal Helen Martin Duryea said the school had a procedure to follow when syringes were found.

"The minute we find them we call the council for them to be removed and we talk to the children and tell them not to touch them, and also to tell staff if they find a syringe anywhere around Grafton," Mrs Martin Duryea said.

"The council are very, very co-operative ... but the onus is really on the people who drop them there who are obviously showing no regard for community safety whatsoever."



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