NOT RESERVED: Deryk Murphy, with his son Nate, is unhappy about the length of the grass around parks near his Bundamba home.
NOT RESERVED: Deryk Murphy, with his son Nate, is unhappy about the length of the grass around parks near his Bundamba home. Rob Williams

Parks left to languish after lack of council maintenance

A BUNDAMBA father says Ipswich City Council has let parks in the area go wild by reclassifying them as nature reserves.

Deryk Murphy says he won't let his son use the parks anymore because they are overgrown with long grass harbouring snakes and vermin.

Mr Murphy said the Tite Family Park and Fail Park were once popular with children walking or riding their bikes to school.

But now, he said, the parks were rarely used for that or for recreation and children had no option but to walk or ride on the streets.

His primary concern is his eight-year-old Nate but he says he's worried about all the young people in the area who use the park.

"Kids ride their bikes through there to get to Bundamba school," Mr Murphy said.

"It's a two-minute walk through here to Bundamba school but now they're using the road because this is too dangerous.

"I would rather them being there than on the road.

"It's at a stage where I don't allow them to come down here anymore because it's an eyesore; too much vermin. I've had to put out fires in the park.

"With the dry weather we've been having, the snakes and the fire danger, it's got to be reverted back to a park; because it's a reserve they don't have to do the upkeep, which is wrong."

Mr Murphy said the council changed the parks to reserves before the last election but didn't consult with residents first.

"Fail Park," he said, pointing to a sign. "It doesn't say anything about a reserve.

"This used to be kept nice and manageable; since they've changed it, the grass gets so high.

"We only want it mowed. It's not asking too much and we could have had consultation in the changing from park to reserve."

Cr Bruce Casos took over division four, which covers the area, from the retiring Trevor Nardi at the election.

"Fail Park was named on March 2, 1998, and Tite Family Park was named on August 1, 2008. There has been no change to the names or classifications or maintenance schedules in recent years to my knowledge," Cr Casos said.

But Cr Casos said he wanted a reclassification of the parks so they were maintained more regularly.

He said the parks were mowed on a regular three-week cycle.

"If you have a look at those parks, apart from being so dry, they are in pretty good condition and are well used," he said.

The areas classified as a bushland reserve, he said, were maintained every nine weeks with only the pathway edges mowed every three weeks.

"Therein lies the difference," Cr Casos said. "I have a couple of similar examples where we have bushland reserves with a park name.

"Normally it's not an issue but I do have two where I have asked for a review of the classification, mainly because of the potential for higher use or, in the case of Tite Family Park, it is also a very visible presence in the area. Additional mowing is already carried out in Tite Family Park as required."



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