Residents fear for safety of children

Ernie Strahan stands at the water bank of Doneraile Reserve where he is concerned children may be at risk of falling in and becoming trapped. Picture: David Baylis d411470
Ernie Strahan stands at the water bank of Doneraile Reserve where he is concerned children may be at risk of falling in and becoming trapped. Picture: David Baylis d411470

Residents lodged a petition to the City earlier this year which asked the City to make it safe for children and while they said some residents did not want it to change, a group of them believed something needed to be done.

Residents spokesman Ernie Strahan said the City had put safety signs around the water, but they were not visible from all locations and therefore did not do their job.

He said the City needed to work out if they were responsible, or if parents were responsible for children playing around the water.

He explained that because the water was a deep drop from the edge and not gradual, children would not be able to get out of the water.

He said if it were the City’s responsibility to keep residents safe, then they would need to make it safer, such as constructing a small fence around it.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the City has a duty of care to provide a safe environment in its parks and reserve, however it was not possible to eliminate all risks and it was always a parent’s responsibility to ensure young children were safe in whatever environment.

‘The City of South Perth has commissioned an independent risk assessment of unfenced permanent water bodies in reserves,’ the Mayor said.

A decision will be made by the council when the report has been completed.