Push for shady deal

Danielle Santoro (centre) with Jill Skevington and children Hayley Duschka and Oliver and Sophia Santoro.
Danielle Santoro (centre) with Jill Skevington and children Hayley Duschka and Oliver and Sophia Santoro.

Cr Brett Treby will also seek Council’s support to fund shade sails for four parks across the City annually. Ms Santoro requested shade sails for the park almost three years ago but was told it was ‘not council policy for local parks to have sails’.

Since then she has had to leave the suburb and travel to new estates where developers have installed sails.

‘My mums group, which we’ve been doing for five years on a Wednesday, we go to other parks where there’s shade because we don’t want our kids in the sun,’ she said.

‘When I’ve got a park on my street it’s a bit ridiculous.’

Cr Treby’s motion on notice recommends that the council lists $80,000 in the draft 2014-15 annual budget and directs City administration to develop a contemporary policy for the development of quality public open space.

A council report said the cost per park might be more than the $20,000 budgeted and an allowance needed to be made for replacement shade sails and maintenance costs.

Councillors could also consider permanent hard roof structures for smaller parks.