Painted rock craze a hazard for Bathurst’s mowers

#FOUND: The Western Advocate came across this painted rock near the Macquarie River (yes, we really did).
#FOUND: The Western Advocate came across this painted rock near the Macquarie River (yes, we really did).

A NEW social media craze looks to be creating a hazard for Bathurst Regional Council’s parks and gardens staff.

Painted rocks have been placed within various parks and reserves throughout Bathurst as part of a campaign aimed at encouraging children to become more active.

It is a hunting-style game where kids search for the rocks and then post their discoveries on social media.

But mayor Graeme Hanger said while the activity was well intended, it had inadvertently created a safety hazard.

“As a former school teacher, I strongly support initiatives which engage children and families in outdoor activities,” he said.

“However, this particular activity does pose a significant safety risk to the public when rocks are left in lawn areas.

“There is a potential for rocks to be hit by mowers, placing park users or staff at risk of serious injury.”

While every effort is made to detect and remove safety hazards such as rocks prior to mowing of parks, council is seeking the public’s support to help keep local parks and reserves a safe environment.