'Humanure' risk to kids

Bianca Pickersgill at the park where she found human faeces metres from children’s play equipment.
Bianca Pickersgill at the park where she found human faeces metres from children’s play equipment.

IT was a discovery enough to turn stomachs and stop Bianca Pickersgill and her family using Emerald's Vicki Peters Park.

Last week Bianca discovered human faeces between shrubs and a side fence of the park after her family was invited to a friend's backyard which neighbours the park.

"As we were (using the gate) I noticed a lot of baby wipes against the fence," she said. "Upon closer inspection I realised that there were human faeces wrapped in the baby wipes against the fence and not only in this one spot, but dozens of different lots of faeces the entire length of the fence."

Since the discovery, Bianca has not been back to the park with her children as she is concerned for their safety.

She said a public toilet should be installed.

"There is a definite need for an amenities service at this particular park," she said.

"It is a huge health risk to everyone that plays in this park, particularly the children, as they often play hide and seek and other games along the fence.

"They would have been unknowingly standing in the faeces and some very young children may well play with it out of curiosity.

"The play equipment would most definitely have traces of faeces on them from children's shoes and this poses just as great a risk as the actual faeces with children playing on the equipment."

Bianca has written to the council and explained the situation, pointing out the need for public toilets.

"I haven't seen improvement or received a response," she said. "They told me they would get back to me but I'm still waiting on that call."

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