Vandals Target Busselton Foreshore

Published on 11 April 2017

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Vandals have targeted the Busselton Foreshore over four consecutive nights spoiling a fabulous weekend and the beginning of the school holidays.

Crew from the City of Busselton’s Engineering and Works Department have been kept very busy cleaning up after vandals wreaked havoc along the western and eastern ends of the foreshore. The spree of vandalism commenced on Friday night and carried on until Monday night / Tuesday morning.  

Six newly installed feature pavement lights, valued at $500 each, were deliberately smashed on Friday night. The protective glass on these lights is exceptionally heavy-duty and smashing these lights would have taken great effort and great direct force.  To enable the South West Youth Festival to proceed on Saturday, City works crew were required to do a major clean-up as the Youth Precinct had been trashed with rubbish and debris the night before.

On Saturday night / Sunday morning vandals used accelerant to set alight two rubbish bins within the Youth Precinct.  These bins were still smouldering on Sunday morning.  Late Sunday night furniture taken from the Goose Café was thrown into the big skate bowl along with a lot of rubbish and an old mattress.  Members of the City’s works crew spend the third morning in a row cleaning up the mess and restoring the skate park to order ahead of the first day of the school holidays. Sadly late Monday night or in the early hours of Tuesday morning another bin was set alight.

Mayor Grant Henley said: “The damage caused by vandals to City infrastructure is really disappointing and ultimately costs ratepayers.”

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information to the Busselton Police that leads to the successful conviction of those responsible for smashing the pavement lights and or burning the rubbish bins over the weekend.

The installation of CCTV monitoring along the foreshore will take place in the very near future. “We feel confident that this additional security measure will help deter future acts of vandalism and graffiti and enable the community to take greater action against those who commit these crimes. We ask parents keep a check on the whereabouts of their children, noting we don’t believe this vandalism is the work of regular skate park users, and that people report any suspicious behaviour to the police immediately.” Mayor Grant Henley said.  

Outcomes and objectives outlined in this statement align with Key Goal Area 2 in the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan 2: An attractive City offering great places and facilities promoting an enjoyable and enriched lifestyle.

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