‘Sandpaper’-like pool cuts two-year-old

A COUNCIL north of Brisbane is seeking advice after its 'sandpaper'-like pool surface left a small child with cuts up her legs yesterday.

Beachmere mother Katie Dowling took to Facebook to warn parents after her two-year-old daughter was left bleeding following an incident at newly renovated Burpengary Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre.

"My sister took my kids to swimming lessons in the morning," she said.

"She told me she sat on the edge of the pool and slid to get down the edge to get to the step and then she started screaming.

"She wasn't doing anything wrong. She entered the pool as any child that size would do."

Katie Dowling's two-year-old daughter was left with cuts up her legs after sliding into the Burpengary Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre pool.
Katie Dowling's two-year-old daughter was left with cuts up her legs after sliding into the Burpengary Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre pool.

Multiple other parents have come forward with similar stories since the incident.

Vicky Cozens responded by saying her daughter suffered cuts to her shin 10 minutes after arriving: "What ever they have used is very nasty".

Michelle Doyle Kennedy responded to the Courier Mail with: "OMG this is exactly what's happened to all the kids! They got cuts all over their arms and legs too from there".

Ms Dowling said she's also been contacted by parents who had the same experience after the post was shared almost 500 times within 24 hours.

It comes after the Moreton Bay Regional Council reopened the pool in February this year following $5.4 million worth of refurbishments.

A council spokeswoman said it is seeking advice on the surface.

"(This) included the resurfacing of the outdoor leisure pool to ensure it met strict slip resistance compliance," she said.

"Council has now requested advice to determine if there are any measures that can be undertaken to reduce the likelihood of similar instances recurring while ensuring the facility remains complaint with the relevant legislation."

Ms Dowling said she would like to see warning signs installed and look at 'changing the surface' to something less 'sandpaper'-like.

Her daughter is still in pain, but is recovering.