The pond at the Grafton Tourist Information Centre in South Grafton.
The pond at the Grafton Tourist Information Centre in South Grafton.

Tourist info centre risky for kids

CLARENCE Valley Council believes children attending the tourist information centre at South Grafton face a greater risk of being run over in the car park than drowning in the pond outside the building.

Council deputy general manager Des Schroder said drowning risk for children at the centre had not shown up on the council’s risk-assessment radar, but he said the proximity of the McDonald’s car park would be the riskiest aspect of the area.

However, this is not any consolation for Clarence Valley resident Bill White, who believes the fence outside the centre is unsafe for children.

Mr White accused the council of not using the same stringent regulations it applies to fencing backyard swimming pools.

“If this was someone’s backyard pool they would have to comply with every regulation,” he said.

Mr White said the reed-filled pond was also more dangerous than a swimming pool because anyone who fell in would be trapped by the vegetation and held under the water.

Mr Schroder said the council constantly assessed the risks of its assets, and the fencing of the pond at the tourist centre had never come up as an issue.

“We have a risk-assessment committee, and to my knowledge the fencing at the tourist centre has never been an issue,” he said.

“But it’s something we can have a look at.

“I will make sure it’s brought up at the next committee meeting.”



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