Wowsers call jackhammers to ruin kids’ play time: Council digs up children’s beloved handball court after residents complain about noise
- Concrete slab used by children to play handball ripped from a Queensland park
- The slab was recently laid as part of a Commonwealth Games table tennis legacy
- Brisbane City Council removed the slab on Thursday due to noise complaints
- The concrete slab will be moved to a larger park 300 meters away
Parents are furious after a concrete slab used by children to play handball was torn from a popular park.
Children who live in flats near the park in the urban village of Kelvin Grove in north Brisbane have been left heartbroken by the removal, their parents have claimed.
The slab was laid three months ago as part of a legacy from the recent Commonwealth Games, but has now disappeared due to noise complaints.
Residents took to the Brisbane City Council Facebook page to express their disgust after council workers removed the slab on Thursday morning.
A woman posted this photo on the Brisbane City Council Facebook page and described the council as ‘nasty’ after a concrete slab was removed from a popular park
The concrete slab was laid in Brisbane’s urban village Kelvin Grove as a legacy of the recent Commonwealth Games
“Something is seriously wrong with those in authority!” The kids found it to be a great outdoor play space and got creative while doing so. Oh my God, how awful! From now on, these same children will be able to go to “the biggest park” where a space must be created. Not for handball, mind you, (which the kids obviously enjoy), but for table tennis (which the kids probably don’t half-enjoy!),” one woman posted.
One man added: ‘Will you explain why council wasted money on material (concrete) and labor (workers who both poured then three months later tore up) because the residents of an urban area have complained about the noise of children playing?”
The concrete slab was used for ball games (stock image)
A Brisbane City Council spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that permanent table tennis tables have been installed in a number of Brisbane parks as part of the legacy celebrations of the recent Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast.
“One of these tables was intended to be installed in a small park in the urban village of Kelvin Grove, however the council received complaints from residents about noise after the concrete foundation was installed,” it said. -he declares.
“Residents have indicated that they do not support the concrete slab or the table tennis facility and the council has instead moved it to a larger park 300m away. The concrete slab was never intended to be a handball court and has been removed.
It was a hot topic on ABC Radio 612 with the station inundated with callers.
Brisbane City Council removed the concrete slab on Thursday due to noise complaints
Resident Col Dorber said children were playing in the park every day.
“You hear the sound every day and evening of children laughing and playing. They are even better than the sounds birds can make,” Dorber told the station.
“They can’t believe it, they’re just amazed that their garden was torn up and no one else asked them.”
Travis Andreas told the ABC that his main concern was the lack of parental supervision and that he had to close the windows every night.
“We don’t have a problem with kids playing handball, it’s just that the sound gets louder and it’s a distraction in the evening when you’re trying to eat quietly and relax,” he said. .