Senseless acts of vandalism have to stop


shade sail

 Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has expressed his disappointment and frustrations following the senseless act of vandalism on the skate park shade sails in Victoria Park Dubbo overnight.

“I can’t put into words how frustrating this is; to wake up and see something that Dubbo Regional Council has installed to make this recreational space more pleasant for our young people to use -completely ruined,” said Clr Shields.

The act of sheer destruction was caught on CCTV cameras and shows the group of youths climbing on rubbish bins and jumping on the sails around 6:30pm Tuesday evening. The youths then proceeded to rip and tear the sails beyond repair.

“What’s also concerning with this particular incident is we can see a car pull up to drop other youths off to join in on the destruction, this footage is now with our local Police for further investigation,” said Clr Shields.

The total cost of vandalism to Council in 2016-17 was $81,197.88, while in 2017-18 it rose slightly to $86,998.49.

In February Council announced one million dollars for more shade for parks and playgrounds across the city.

“I am very nervous to invest our rate payer’s money into more shade structures if this is the way they’re going to be treated. I am calling on all residents of the region to take ownership and pride in the assets that are installed to improve our region,” Clr Shields said

Councillor Shields reminds the community that Dubbo Regional Council offers a reward of up to $2500 for information leading to the conviction of any person who has committed wilful or theft of Council property.

The shade sails were installed in 2015 and have been vandalised and removed four (4) times at an estimated cost of $25,000 each time they are destroyed.  

Last Edited: 24 Apr 2019

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