Residents of Chablis Court, Buderim, want to keep their picnic table at the end of their street despite an order from Council to remove it.Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Residents of Chablis Court, Buderim, want to keep their picnic table at the end of their street despite an order from Council to remove it.Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

SOAP BOX: No clear winner in table debate

I HAVE been watching the Chablis Crt picnic table saga unfold since February and I must say, I am a bit torn.

On the one hand, you have a street full of residents who actually enjoy each other's company and have created a space where they can actively engage with one another and build strong relationships.

On the other hand, there is the safety issue that has been the focus of the Sunshine Coast Council's intervention.

Even though the residents have used the table for two years without incident, if the council knows about it and allows residents to go about using it, they could be liable should someone get struck by a car while crossing the road to get to or from the table. It's that pesky "what if" situation.

The sad reality is that all of this has come about from a complaint and once again, the enjoyment of others is forced to end because one person was unhappy with what they saw.

Door-knocking residents to get their views, it was clear how passionate they are about the table and what it means to their neighbourhood and relocating it closer to houses could result in even more complaints from those who are subjected to children running constantly across their lawns.

Although all the residents want is to be left alone to continue on as they were, sadly that is no longer an option now that the council is aware of it, for they understandably have to be able to cover themselves against our litigious society.


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