Putting aside the argument on whether the licence was got at a proper cost, the main point of the dispute can be got as whether Palmerston North should refuse the high ropes course, which may be a hazard for drunk young people.
Reason to against the facility is scary, but the author couldn't agree with the supporters any more, and one of them, Cr Jim Jefferies said concerns about safety were part of the "bubble wrap society", where young people were deprived of taking risks and did not have enough opportunities to development physical skills and confidence.
Actually, dispute about whether to build High Ropes Course is common in may other places, and safety always is a key point. It's necessary for us to take safety as top concern, but as what quoted above, it's unwise to deprive young people's of challenge themselves.
"If we were that worried about safety we should close the skate park, and pull out all our sculptures. We might as well put fences around everything and stay inside our houses in case the kids fall over" Someone said.
Now come to the dispute in Palmerston North itself, the key problem is how to prevent young people from getting drunk at night rather than boycotting the construction of challenge high ropes course, from the perspective of the author. And according to experience, participants of the high ropes course can be surely safe as long as they are protected by qualified safety system.
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