Community calls for council to act before someone dies
A COOROY schoolgirl nearly died after she came off her skateboard, fell into Six Mile Creek and slashed her leg open on a submerged object in the murky waters.
Sonya Evans, 11, severed an artery, causing her to nearly bleed to death. She also severed three foot tendons and suffered nerve damage.
She spent four hours in surgery, four days in hospital and faces a long and uncertain road to recovery, including skin grafts and the possibility she may permanently lose movement in her foot.
Attempts by her family and neighbours to get Noosa Council to erect a barrier at the drop-off to the creek have been unsuccessful.
Sonya's mother Karen said the council officer who visited the scene told her that "if Sonya had died, they would put up barriers".
She also said the council had suggested her daughter, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, shouldn't have been skateboarding.
These statements couldn't be confirmed yesterday, but a Noosa Council spokeswoman said it was aware of the "circumstances of this unfortunate accident".
"We sympathise with the family concerned, and while it is not reasonable or affordable for a local government to fence all of its waterways, this incident has been recorded for any future reviews," she said.
Ms Evans' neighbour Jacqui Robinson is a registered nurse and her quick actions at the scene probably saved the youngster's life.
Ms Robinson is also frustrated the council is not willing to do what it can to prevent a similar accident.
"If the barrier had been there, she wouldn't have fallen in the creek," Ms Robinson said.
"They (council) told me it was a low-risk area. The residents in our area disagree, as do I and Sonya's parents.
"I was told even if I got a petition signed it would not change their minds."