Dean Travis is disappointed Tweed Shire Council has not yet erected a fence at the playground near where his grandson, Travis McCarron, drowned in April 2008.
Dean Travis is disappointed Tweed Shire Council has not yet erected a fence at the playground near where his grandson, Travis McCarron, drowned in April 2008. Blainey Woodham

Council yet to act on inquest idea

THE family of drowned toddler Travis McCarron is still waiting for council to follow through on a coronial inquest recommendation to fence the playground near where he died.

Travis’ grandfather Dean Travis yesterday questioned why it has taken Tweed Shire Council more than four months since the close of the inquest to implement the findings.

“I can’t understand why it has taken them so long,” Mr Travis said.

“I’m of the hope they are going to do it.”

Mr Travis said he knew it would please Kirsty McCarron, Travis’ mother, to see the playground at Russell Way Park fenced.

“I feel they will do it eventually but they could have done it a lot quicker,” Mr Travis said.

Travis drowned in a retention pond at Russell Way Park in Tweed Heads South on April 11, 2008 while on a day care excursion with Tweed Shire Family Day Care Association.

He was 21 months old.

A coronial inquest into his death, held in September, made recommendations for Tweed Shire Council to fence the playground and review safety signage at Russell Way Park.

In October, councillors voted unanimously to implement the recommendations of a playground safety audit, which said barriers or screening should be erected between playgrounds and “sources of risks” such as “busy roads and water bodies”.

Council recreation services manager Stewart Brawley yesterday said the fencing of the playground equipment would take more time.

“Quotes have been obtained and the fence is imminent,” Mr Brawley said.

“It is difficult to get someone over the Christmas and New Year’s period to do the work.

“It should hopefully be done in a few weeks.”

Drowning prevention, awareness and support charity Hannah’s Foundation CEO Andrew Plint said council should have already installed the fence.

“If the council take action on this matter, it will set an example for all other councils to follow,” Mr Plint said.



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