Parents discover broken glass, sharps at Wagga playgrounds

Danger: Parents are being warned to check children's playgrounds for needles and broken glass after two Wagga parks were discovered to be contaminated. Picture: Marguerite McKinnon
Danger: Parents are being warned to check children's playgrounds for needles and broken glass after two Wagga parks were discovered to be contaminated. Picture: Marguerite McKinnon

A Wagga woman is warning parents to watch out after she discovered needles and broken bottles at two children’s playgrounds.

“Thumbs down to the jerks that buried bottle necks and bases in the tan bark at the base of the slippery dip at Karoom Drive Park, Glenfield, today,” wrote an irate Cathy Southwell on The Daily Advertiser’s Facebook Page.

“I also found needles near the park in Victory Memorial Gardens last week,” Ms Southwell wrote.

The discovery at two separate children’s parks has been met with horror and anger by parents who take their children to these and other parks around Wagga to play.

Immediately after being contacted by The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Police officers were deployed to both parks to conduct a patrol, reflecting the potential danger that sharps and broken glass could be to little children.

Likewise, too, Wagga City Council immediately responded with concern, warning residents not to attempt to remove discarded needles or syringes themselves, but rather call Wagga City Council on 1300 292 442, or the National Needle Clean Up Hotline on 1800 633 353.

Ms Southwell was so disgusted and alarmed that she picked up the dangerous items herself, however Wagga City Council says a safer option for everyone is to contact them. 

“Most importantly, do not attempt to pick up a needle or syringe. Any other maters where there is a risk to public safety should be reported to council on 300 292 442,” a council spokesperson said.

Parents using parks are being urged to check first before letting children play.