Power Park at the site of the old Howard power station on the Burrum River.
Power Park at the site of the old Howard power station on the Burrum River. Alistair Brightman

EDITORIAL: Power Park closure may be overkill

EDITORIAL:  In today's over-regulated, litigious world, it's becoming increasingly common for parents to inflate the dangers of a situation rather than to brush them aside - look at the outcry over immunisation, for example.

So it's unusual to see the opposite situation.

But the people at Howard have questions over whether Power Park really is a danger zone, or whether the risk is only to the bank balance.

Their families have played there for years without serious incident - or at least this newspaper hasn't heard about any child falling into a sinkhole at Howard.

The danger of asbestos is slightly more concerning though, given the symptoms of its inhalation doesn't show up for years after the event.

Even the council and the Department of Mines appear to be at odds as to what the real problem is.

It seems clear from the mayor's response though that vandalism was a large part of the consideration.

It's socially responsible to close a park for health concerns, and it's fiscally responsible to at least examine the value of fixtures that repeatedly get vandalised.

But there is another responsibility - and that is letting people know what is happening in their towns.