New Patonga campsite matting is safe, says council

Patonga from the air. Image: Central Coast CouncilPatonga from the air. Image: Central Coast Council

Camp site matting containing recycled glass at Patonga Camping Ground is safe, according to Central Coast Council.
A Peninsula News reader said that the new campsite bases appeared to have been made from recycled glass covered in synthetic matting.
The reader questioned whether the recycled glass was safe, particularly for children who may like to dig in it.
A statement issued by Central Coast Council said: “The primary function of the mats used at the Patonga Campground is to maintain the grass cover to protect the natural environment in the campground and creek area from damage.
“The mats have been specifically designed for tents to put holes in them, and they are made with fill that is both safe and enables adequate drainage in wet weather.
“While the fill does contain some recycled glass, it is not sharp-edged, and it is safe for the purposes it is intended for.”

SOURCE:
Media statement, 30 Oct 2017
Brian Bell, Central Coast Council

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