The Emerald skate park has been filled with sand to stop people ignoring new social distancing rules introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
Central Highlands Regional Council General Manager Communities John McDougall said the measure was brought in after local police raised concerns about youths flouting the restrictions.
‘Today we have filled the Emerald skate park with sand as a trial to prevent its use,’ he said.
‘While it may seem drastic, unfortunately our youth are just not listening to police. So, we felt this was an important step to take to ensure our people, particularly our children, stay safe and healthy.’
The federal government announced the closure of all skate parks, public playgrounds and outside gyms on Monday.
‘With schools moving to holidays next week, it is imperative parents take responsibility for what their children are doing and where they are,’ Mr McDougall said.
‘I can’t stress enough how important it is that everyone follow the rules around social distancing and gathering in groups. The National Cabinet has introduced these measures to keep us all safe and slow the spread of this virus.
‘These are difficult and challenging times for everyone, and we all have to make big changes in how we go about our daily lives. Let’s work together and do the right thing.’
Council will continue to monitor other skate parks and public facilities in the region and consult with police.