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Flying foxes to be banned in ACT playgrounds?

By aronde 18 October 2008 38

Recently the kids and I have been enjoying the brand new flying fox at John Knight Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.

Today the ‘fox’ was wrapped around one end with a very large chain and padlock.

Another person at the park said he was told it had been chained up for ‘liability’ reasons and was soon to be removed!

I find this really hard to believe as the Government has obviously just spent a large amount of money building this new piece of equipment complete with very nice landscaping.

So as I am tired of the election I was wondering if anyone has noticed if the other flying foxes around Canberra have also been closed or if anyone has heard anything about this?

I will be following up with TAMS on Monday! 

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p1 4:23 pm 20 Oct 08

Would have hated to get pulled over by the RTA for a vehicle safety check on some of the billy carts we “built” as kids…

aronde 4:00 pm 20 Oct 08

Gobbo said :

It was discovered that the Flying Foxes needed adjusting to some springs to ensure safety and they will be back in operation once this maintenance has happened.

You beat me to it! Obviously the guy I spoke to on the weekend was misinformed and my kids can now rest assured they can soon fly to their hearts content. I did not ask about the other ones that seem to be out of action around the place. Hopefully a similar answer for those.

Gerry-Built 3:50 pm 20 Oct 08

…has anyone thought of calling Canberra Connect re the other parks (ie damage, or “when r u fixing?”)??? they are always very helpful.

Just a thought…

peterh 3:25 pm 20 Oct 08

tylersmayhem said :

It was all downhill after banning the deadly monkey bars (metal ones at that). Jeebus knows how I made it through my childhood with all these high rish deadly activities. Make bungee jumping look like a walk in the park 😛

wait for billy cart safety standards. the world has definitely gone mad…

peterh 3:23 pm 20 Oct 08

Danman said :

Probably need adjusting after someone of my bulk had a go – “C’mon dad – giddorf it”

wonder what is the go at kambah then? they could support large people like me, not just kids…

Danman 3:15 pm 20 Oct 08

Probably need adjusting after someone of my bulk had a go – “C’mon dad – giddorf it”

Gobbo 3:04 pm 20 Oct 08

In order to put this to rest, I actually contacted Canberra Connect to find out what was happening with the Flying Foxes at John Knight Park.

The Flying Foxes are not being removed.

It was discovered that the Flying Foxes needed adjusting to some springs to ensure safety and they will be back in operation once this maintenance has happened.

tylersmayhem 2:56 pm 20 Oct 08

It was all downhill after banning the deadly monkey bars (metal ones at that). Jeebus knows how I made it through my childhood with all these high rish deadly activities. Make bungee jumping look like a walk in the park 😛

p1 12:21 pm 20 Oct 08

…they can be sued if you trip on a crack in the pavement…

Actually, I have seen that a lot of foot paths have had the sticky-up-edges ground off in the last year or so…

..My daughter has created a Kevin Rudd wii mii, and it’s so funny to watch him doing his step aerobics. ..</i.

I don’t know exactly what this is, but what I am imagining is quite funny.

Granny 11:39 am 20 Oct 08

Wii Fit is hilarious!!

My daughter has created a Kevin Rudd wii mii, and it’s so funny to watch him doing his step aerobics.

She’s also done one for the rest of the family. The likeness is better in some than others, however. It is possible that I may have encouraged her to increase my ex-husband’s girth to the maximum level, but I admit nothing.

*heh heh heh*

peterh 11:37 am 20 Oct 08

maybe the govt should consider that they can be sued if you trip on a crack in the pavement, or have a stack on a pushie after hitting a pothole.

fix the roads and paths. Leave the parenting to, oh i don’t know, parents.

if my kids fall from a tree, will the govt cut it down? – might be a way to get rid of a couple of dangerous trees…

though I would have to throw the kids into the trees, they are too small to climb…

p1 11:30 am 20 Oct 08

Kids are much safer staying indoors in front of the telly or playstation. After all, suffering a heart attack from obesity is a much better outcome for them rather the 1-in-a-million chance that they might graze a knee or break an arm while using a flying fox.

Not if they have a Wii Fit!

Does anyone else find this product both incredibly funny and despair inducing at the same time?

Mr Evil 11:17 am 20 Oct 08

Maybe flying foxes cause global warming?

Thumper 11:12 am 20 Oct 08

What a great world we have created…..

Mr Evil 10:04 am 20 Oct 08

Kids are much safer staying indoors in front of the telly or playstation. After all, suffering a heart attack from obesity is a much better outcome for them rather the 1-in-a-million chance that they might graze a knee or break an arm while using a flying fox.

AG Canberra 9:43 am 20 Oct 08

My kids had a great time on the flying fox out at the new park at Tidbinbilla during the school hols….

Is this the only one still in operation?

ant 9:24 pm 19 Oct 08

Swaggie said :

Blame the parasitic “no win no fee” legal types and the moronic parents whose eyes light up at the chance of a couple hundred thousand dollars because their kid hurt himself falling over.

Spot on. The greedy “free money for meee” types have done for us all. Until the courts starting throwing these opportunistic cases out (and make the greed-heads pay costs), we’ll see a lot more of this sanitising of public structures. You wouldn’t be a kid nowadays for quids.

Clown Killer 8:49 pm 19 Oct 08

Is there a possibility that these parks could be fitted with a sign that details the risks and informs visitors that they use the equipment at their own risk?

I remember years ago a mountain bike magazine I used to read ran adds with the slogan “It’s easier to wear slippers than it is to carpet the world.”

We don’t need tort reform. We need grown ups to take responsibility for themselves and the people under their care. We need people to choose not to be basket-case-arse-wipes. People who are happy to own up to having a spine.

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