The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has moved swiftly to replace a loose slat on the lookout at The Pass after a two-year-old child almost fell through it on the weekend.
And an NPWS spokesperson says the entire structure is set to be replaced ‘soon’.
The mother of eighteen-month-old twins told Murdoch media she was guarding the stairs at the lookout while her sons were peering through the slats.
‘But in the two seconds I did that, the boys leant on the railing… something happened and they fell, one of the boys was going to fall down the cliff… it’s a huge drop into the ocean,’ the Northern Star website reported her as saying.
The spokesperson said NPWS ‘responded immediately to a report that a vertical slat had fallen out of the lookout railing on the weekend, presenting a risk to children’.
‘The damage was reported to the NPWS via the Environment Line by the mother of a young child who visited the lookout,’ he added.
‘The site was barricaded immediately and the damage fixed this morning [Tuesday, July 31].
‘The NPWS conducts regular inspections of infrastructure to ensure public safety,’ the spokesperson assured readers.
‘The Fishermans Lookout is soon being replaced,’ he said.