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Giulia wants better playgrounds with “a mother’s touch”

By johnboy - 14 August 2013 34

The Liberals’ Giulia Jones is banging the drum on playgrounds:

Playgrounds are vital to the life and development of communities across

Canberra, according to Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones. Today Mrs Jones said some playgrounds are in urgent need of an upgrade and many need fences so that mums, dads and child carers can have a chance to relax whilst watching their children play.

“What these playgrounds need is a mother’s touch,” said Mrs Jones.

“There are two playgrounds in Rivett that both suffer from neglect, aged equipment and peeling paint.

“The new ‘nappy valley’ of Canberra, Gungahlin, has only one small children’s park, which is situated between two busy roads with no fence and very little equipment.

“Canberra has many good children’s parks, but even the wonderful new playground at the Arboretum has no gates on the two openings of the perimeter fence which means carers are stressed about their children’s safety the whole time.

“It seems that parents have not been asked what is really needed. I think the Government is focussing on the city to the lake lifestyle pictures, but not on the lives of kids and parents in the suburbs. I think the Government could do better,” concluded Mrs Jones.

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Giulia wants better playgrounds with “a mother’s touch”
sepi 1:12 pm 15 Aug 13

Wait til your 10 month old is 2 and can run, and your 3.5 yr old is hanging off the edge of the slide by one fingernail, while the 2 yr old is running for the road as fast as they can, and then tell me a fence wouldn’t be helpful.

If you have 2 or 3 little kids then you really can’t take them anywhere close to a road and let go of them.

Madam Cholet 11:45 am 15 Aug 13

There are many parks around the place that seem to be perpetually fenced off – but with the fencing of those doing the upgrading – so you can’t actually get to the equipment. Unfortunately the fencing seems to be there for really long periods of time, so much so that you abandon going to these particular parks. I would imagine that a lot of the fencing is related to vandalism of the equipment as well as standard upgrades.

Not that you always need equipment. Kick a ball or fly a kite as we have been doing lately.

chewy14 10:08 am 15 Aug 13

Mr Evil said :

Gee, Gulia’s really onto the big issues in Canberra: first it was the scourge of abandoned suburban petrol stations – now run-down, unstress-free suburban playgrounds……

What a ficken waste of several thousand votes this useless, freeloading, disabled carpark-abusing blimp really is!

Yes, as every Canberran knows she should be focused on the important issues in our lives like gay marriage, asylum seekers and climate change.

Thumper 9:34 am 15 Aug 13

Makes perfect sense to me.

Mothy 9:15 am 15 Aug 13

screaming banshee said :

Yes, how can we possibly be expected to take our kids somewhere unless we can lock them in and ignore them?

This +1. With 2.5 year old and a 10 month old, I find it incomprehensible that she wants a fence to substitute for, oh hell I don’t know, WATCHING YOUR OWN DAMN KIDS.

A chance to relax while watching their children play? Lady, your priorities are skewiff. Put the soy latte down along with your smartphone and engage with your goddamn children at the park.

Buy a map, lookup the location of the parks at Yerrabi Pond, Forde, Crace, and Springbank Rise, and you will see Gungahlin is already well served for children’s playgrounds.

If you want a fenced off area where your loved one can run free, try the dog parks at Forde and Springbank rise. But a word of advice, it is still appropriate to watch those you are responsible for there too.

FioBla 9:06 am 15 Aug 13

>There are two playgrounds in Rivett that both suffer from neglect, aged equipment and peeling paint

There’s also a “new” one close to the Rivett shops. Between Nealie Place and the Reformed Church. Rivett Community Park

So new it’s not on Google Maps.

I’m ambivalent on this, but there are better examples in the other non-Rivett Weston Creek suburbs.

wildturkeycanoe 6:57 am 15 Aug 13

“many need fences so that mums, dads and child carers can have a chance to relax whilst watching their children play.” Wrong. The whole point of supervising the children and watching them is to prevent them from going AWOL. If they want to relax, let the kids out in their own backyard where there are fences and the parent/carer can relax in front of their favorite TV show. Parks and open spaces are beautiful outdoor areas that do not require prison-like walls due to the laziness of those in charge of their young-uns. They are locations where kids can run around freely, exploring the grass, climb trees and throw sand in each others’ eyes. Put them in a cage, seems to be the way to raise kids nowadays. Either that or keep them bound in captivity in front of the TV or i-pad. If the carers were to actually play “with” the kids instead of dumping them, like they do at the kiddie play areas at the shopping mall, we might have a slightly better adjusted generation in the future.

miz 6:51 am 15 Aug 13

It makes a world of difference to potential residents of a suburb if there is a nice local park – and not only for children, but because it is green space.
re playing areas for children, it would make a HUGE difference if there was more seating with *actually shady* trees. Gum trees don’t cut it in the shade stakes.

screaming banshee 6:18 am 15 Aug 13

Yes, how can we possibly be expected to take our kids somewhere unless we can lock them in and ignore them?

magiccar9 6:15 am 15 Aug 13

Mr Evil said :

Gee, Gulia’s really onto the big issues in Canberra: first it was the scourge of abandoned suburban petrol stations – now run-down, unstress-free suburban playgrounds……

What a ficken waste of several thousand votes this useless, freeloading, disabled carpark-abusing blimp really is!

Hit the nail on the head! +1

Mr Evil 11:10 pm 14 Aug 13

Gee, Gulia’s really onto the big issues in Canberra: first it was the scourge of abandoned suburban petrol stations – now run-down, unstress-free suburban playgrounds……

What a ficken waste of several thousand votes this useless, freeloading, disabled carpark-abusing blimp really is!

caf 10:57 pm 14 Aug 13

I do wonder if some of the suburban parks have fallen off the master spreadsheet deep in the bowels of TAMS. I’m a little reluctant to draw attention to my local one, in case they decide to demolish it instead of sprucing it up…

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:44 pm 14 Aug 13

All of Weston creeks parks are hot trash. Most of them the same ones I played on growing up 20 odd years ago. Nearly all powder coat is gone and tan bark is non existent. I have seriously considered taking a angle grinder to my local one so my kids can at least get a nice fresh playground as both canberra connect and tams don’t seem to give a damn.

sepi 9:34 pm 14 Aug 13

Wow – I agree with Guilia. Kiddy parks throughout NSW and Vic are often fenced and it makes a park visit sooo much more pleasant and doable. In the ACT, if you’re outnumbered by really young kids the small suburban parks near roads are a deathtrap.

DrKoresh 8:25 pm 14 Aug 13

“Canberra has many good children’s parks, but even the wonderful new playground at the Arboretum has no gates on the two openings of the perimeter fence which means carers are stressed about their children’s safety the whole time.”

What total rubbish.

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