Drug kit find sparks calls for park security

A NEEDLE kit found in National Park has sparked concerns for public safety in the area where hundreds of sporting juniors train.

Coach Michelle Corling said a member of her under-15s team discovered the drug equipment, including a used syringe, metres from a bubbler after training last week.

Her son Kobi, 6, was within reach of the kit.

‘‘I asked what he would have done if he had found it and he said ‘I don’t know’,’’ Ms Corling said.

Ms Corling said she believed the toilets on the Cooks Hill Sporting Pavilion contributed to the problem and wanted the high-use area to remain safe for sporting teams.

She said visiting teams and spectators were often warned not to use the toilets, with most regular competitors using the team change rooms. ‘‘It’s too accessible,’’ Ms Corling said. ‘‘There’s 400-plus juniors in our club who train here ... I just want a deterrent [to using needles in the area].

‘‘There’s too many people using this space for something not to happen about this.’’

Ms Corling said she believed the council had plans to fix the problem, which she hoped would be enacted quickly.

She said the looming soccer off-season was the perfect time for changes to be made.

‘‘I just want it prioritised, that’s all,’’ Ms Corling said.

‘‘I want a deterrent.’’

A Newcastle City Council spokeswoman said staff would ensure the site had adequate security.

‘‘If there are not cages there [to lock the toilets] we will put them in,’’ she said.

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