Scandalous photo shows EPIC board failing after $ 1,232 child safety gate installed at local playground without proper fence
- The $ 1,232 gate was installed in Windsor Siding Park in Melbourne
- Holes in the fence allow children to easily escape from the playground
- The Stonnington Council said plants will be installed to make the gate useful
- Ratepayers’ boss said a blunder proved the council was “out of reach.”
A city council has been embarrassed after images of a newly installed child safety gate show how completely useless it is.
The gate, which cost $ 1,232, was installed in Windsor Siding Park near Prahran and St Kilda East in Melbourne as part of a $ 300,000 upgrade by Stonnington Council.
An image of the gate shows that it is placed next to evenly spaced wooden posts that revealed the tricky blunder.
The holes in the makeshift gate make it easy for children to escape from the playground, even when the safety gate is locked.
The $ 1,232 gate was installed in Windsor Siding Park in Melbourne as part of a $ 300,000 upgrade by Stonnington Council
Stonnington Council spokesman Jim Carden said the gate looked ‘strange’ and the problem will be addressed.
“ Obviously, the holes in the adjacent ‘fence’ seem to make the gate a bit redundant, so we looked at how to clean it up without losing what a nice design is, ” he said.
“So we’ll just add some plants to fill in the gaps.”
Ratepayers Stonnington president Dean Hurlston said city officials should have immediately noticed the uselessness of the gate.
“Council personnel or contractors can certainly see the glaring error of judgment,” he said Herald Sun.
‘It is another example of a municipality that is out of touch with responsible spending and implementation of projects.
‘It’s a good concept that was totally unsuccessful upon completion.’