Keep children alive by fencing Australian playgrounds
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This petition is to give a voice to parents on the safety of their children and to ensure that any play equipment that is within 50 meters of a road is appropriately fenced and gated.
On average, 20 child pedestrians (0-14 years old) are killed by cars every year, and a further 440 are seriously injured every year. www.bitre.gov.au
Many local councils have a "no gate" policy around playgrounds. The playgrounds might have a fence, but they don't have a gate. This policy is supported by guidance from Play Australia. Play Australia recommends that playgrounds do not have gates as they believe that if a playground is enclosed, then parents are more likely to abandon their children there.
Parents do not wish to abandon their children. They prefer gates as it gives them time to catch their children before they run out onto a road. This is especially important for families with multiple young children, or children with special needs/autism. Gates also keep out dogs that are off their leashes.
The average 4-year old child can sprint 50 meters in just 12 seconds, a gate will slow them down enough for a parent to catch them.
Play Australia is the peak National Advocacy Organisation for play. They do not represent parents. Their "members include educators, professionals, landscape architects, designers, manufacturers, recreation planners, suppliers, consultants, and people with a commitment to the development of play from all states and territories within Australia."
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