A concrete slab used by local children for handball in a small Brisbane park has been ripped up due to noise complaints.

The park, located in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village in Brisbane’s north, is popular with primary school-aged children who live in nearby high-rise apartments, and the smooth concrete surface has been a welcome addition to their playtime.

But Brisbane City Council (BCC) said the slab was never intended to be used for handball and that it has been moved to another park following the complaints.

A local resident told ABC Radio Brisbane children played in the park every day.

“You hear the sound every day and in the evening of children laughing and playing. They’re even better than the sounds that birds can make,” Mr Dorber said.

The concrete slab, measuring four metres by five metres, had only been installed for three months.

It was removed at about 7:00am on Thursday by two excavators and five workers.

A BCC spokesman said the slab was intended as the foundation for a permanent table tennis table “as part of the legacy celebrations for the Commonwealth Games”.

“Residents indicated they do not support the concrete slab or the table tennis facility and council has instead relocated it to a larger nearby park.

“Council received noise complaints from residents after the concrete foundation was installed,” the spokesman said.

“The concrete slab was never intended to be a handball court and it will be removed.”

Spoil sports! I hope these children get something else in its place.

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  • What horrible people to have as neighbours. Fancy complaining about hearing kids laughing playing and having fun


  • This is ridiculous. At least if they are playing and laughing they’re not causing trouble and damaging things. Don’t like the sound of kids laughing then don’t live near a park.


  • If you don’t want to hear children at play you shouldn’t buy a house/property near a park. How awful. The sounds of children playing is one of the loveliest sounds anyone can hear.

    • Absolutely – it is a lovely sound and particularly when the message about children needing physical exercise to combat lifestyle issues is so prevalent. Why would this be discouraged!


  • How loud were these children. It’s sad when we start complaining about kids being kids in a park.


  • Such a shame to remove the slab! Children do make noise when they play and it is quite normal! Outdoor play and physical activity should be encouraged not discouraged.


  • Neighbours and residents can be very intolerant.
    I get sometimes annoyed too when I hear dogs barking in the neighbourhood when I’m asleep, but a dog is something else then laughing children !!


  • I can see the noise of the ball could get annoying, but surely you could let it go?


  • Of course there is always someone ready to complain. What a pity. They surely took away a lot of fun for the kids!!


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