By Kirra Grimes
A TEN-year-old was injured last month using a skatepark which was “covered” in broken glass.
Bena resident Jess Innes visited the Korumburra skatepark with her children Marlon, Ziggy and Harper during the last week of the school holidays, finding it littered with smashed beer and other alcoholic beverage bottles.
Still keen to use the skatepark, ten-year-old Marlon fell off his scooter and tripped over a piece of glass, causing a “huge gash” on his arm, Jess said.
Unbroken bottles were left scattered around the site, including one just a few centimetres away from a rubbish bin; and a heavy object had been used to make a large dint in one section of the skate ramp, rendering it unsafe to skate on.
A regular visitor to the skatepark, Jess said litter was an ongoing issue, despite easy access to a large rubbish bin; and that users of the Korumburra Showgrounds, including dog walkers, had often taken it upon themselves to pick up rubbish.
But smashing bottles and damaging equipment, in an apparently deliberate show of
disregard for the safety of skatepark users, was more concerning, and “disheartening,” said Jess.
“It’s a public space and a lot of kids use it, and if they’re going to fall over anywhere, it’s going to be a skatepark, so we don’t want broken glass around when that happens.
“My kids beg me to go the skatepark every day, so I don’t want to have to stop using it. But I don’t want to have to bring a broom with me to clean it up every time either!”
Jess was at a loss as to how to prevent similar incidents happening again, but hoped raising awareness of the value of the facility to local kids and families would encourage greater respect.
“Korumburra shouldn’t be a town where we have to have CCTV and I don’t think we should waste police resources on littering. It’s just about saying to whoever’s done it to have some respect for neighbours and the community.
“Skating is a huge thing among local primary school kids – people come all the way from Nyora to use the Korumburra skatepark – and it’s great that they’re getting active.
“But we don’t want to teach them that it’s ok to just trash things. It’s not a good thing for kids to see.”