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Fadden Pines Vandals Outdo Themselves

By deezagood 6 April 2010 72

For the uninitiated, Fadden Pines is a lovely, popular park that is widely used by families and community groups from all over Tuggeranong. The government has spent quite a lot of money ensuring modern, enticing facilities and has attempted to provide a range of playground equipment that is appealing to kids of all ages.

Over the years, I have watched as vandals have systematically destroyed the park; wrecking all of the equipment on the older kid’s playground (which is now just some useless structures where the rides used to be), spraying obscene graffiti all over the toilet black, leaving human/canine excrement on various parts of the little kid’s playground, smashing bottles/leaving broken glass everywhere and vandalising the BBQ facilities and rubbish bins.

But they have really outdone themselves over Easter.

One entire part of the playground (which is only 18 months old) has been closed, because some of our lovely local youths have driven a stolen car right into the middle of the play area and torched the car -thus rendering the entire playground structure unusable. This structure is extremely popular and I just can’t believe they would wreck something that provides so much joy to the local kids.

I notice that the government is constructing some fantastic new basketball courts in Macarthur (just near the now-defunct preschool), but I feel like writing to them and suggesting that they should save their money; because the beautiful new facilities will undoubtedly be destroyed before too long.

I am noticing more and more smashed bottles around the streets, more graffiti and far more blatant vandalisation around the place, which I find very worrying. Maybe I’m getting getting old and becoming one of those grumpy old people who bemoans the ‘youth of today’ … or maybe things really are getting worse around Canberra; has anybody else noticed the decline?

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miz 9:01 am 15 Apr 12

I don’t think the removal of the older children’s playground was the result of vandalism. Those awesome adventure playground rides were getting old and the flying fox was removed AT LEAST 10 years ago. It’s such a baby park now – all newfangled ghastly plasticky ‘safe’ stuff that is no fun for anyone – except perhaps toddlers . . .

Older kids would not destroy things they love and stop them being bored – and they loved that equipment. These were the proper steel frame stuff. Why were they never replaced?

Strongly suspect nanny state mentality.

That said, its very sad that the little kids’ playground is being regularly vandalised. Giving teenagers something to do other than drinking and nicking cars might work.

By the way, a fair bit of crime in that part of Tuggers comes from over the border. We had hoons in our street a few years ago that had stolen someone’s trailer for a lark – turned out the lads (and the trailer) hailed from Jerra.

steveu 8:22 am 15 Apr 12

Comment 28 nails it – along with a few other there.

One thing I do notice is that the concept of ‘family’ is becoming a redundant term. I sense that as kids grow up their chances of living in an ‘entire’ family decrease significantly (assuming they were in one when they were born that is). What this means is that we have an ever-increasing generation of kids where boundaries are ‘negotiated’ as opposed ot applied. Where there is rarely a disciplinarian, and the parent is trying to be a parent as well as a best friend to the child. Guess what, its not working.

Add that to the ‘rights’ that children are told they have at school, the lack of decent behavioural management policies and ability to enforce these (read: give a kid a weeks notice before suspending them, and then send them home to play xbox for a week?), and you have a bunch of very confused children as basically, boundaries are as flexible as elastic in their minds. And you dont need to have much education to understand that children are built to push boundaries as much as they can.

I think the OP is actually making a comment on this epidemic we have built for ourselves since the later 80’s, and early 90’s.

HenryBG 11:34 pm 14 Apr 12

dungfungus said :

I don’t often agree with you HBG but I do this time – especially about reading the phone book which used to work a treat before human rights were invented. The log barriers only present another challenge to these morons and proves that old maxim “locks only keep out honest people” I hope you passed on your IT to Crimestoppers.

Not being funny, but have you ever rung the police and tried to get them interested in a crime you’ve observed?

I may be a fairly paranoid person, but when the cops start asking more searching questions about how to get in contact with *me* than they do in how to get in contact with the perps I am observing, I *do* start to wonder which coppers’ kids I just tried dobbing-in…….

You learn it at school, and nothing in adult life contradicts the lesson: dobbing is never a good idea. If you feel strongly about it, you just have to do something about it yourself.

dungfungus 10:21 pm 14 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

ErkzO said :

The playground is still fenced off!
They are also re-building the one with the spinny things, which is also still fenced of since mid last year.

Never been to Fadden Pines before, but a last-minute cancellation this afternoon left me with an esky full of drink & meat and a car full of children.
“Take them to Fadden Pines”, suggested the Mrs.
OK, I thought, sounds hideous, but I am curious to see the place, after so many stories of high-grade criminal vandalism.

Anyway, get down there – standard sterile city-park. Absolutely brimming with bogans celebrating yet another day of pointless sport-related activities. The kids loved it.

Anyway, we happened to be the last to leave. As dusk settled in on us, I noticed two cars came screaming into the carpark.
Now, this carpark has coppers-logs everywhere, and some mysterious very steep little berms running through the place whose purpose I couldn’t figure out until these two carloads of hoons demonstrated it to me: these idiots were using the place as a little rally track. Then they stopped, took something out of their car and started trying to break one of the coppers logs, presumably so they could enter the playground and trash it.
At this point I made my presence known (although they must have seen the car there), spent a while trying to decide whether to carry on, or just mug me, and then decided to hightail it out of there.

Both cars had P plates. A couple of the hoons had hi-vis vests on (fashion statement? Working on a saturday?). NSW plates, although neither vehicle looked like it would pass rego, and I didn’t get close enough to see whether they were actually using keys to start them…..

Now, all this effort to vandal-proof the place, and all this effort building and re-building the playground, when all the cops have to do is be there when I was, nab the little bastards, throw them in the back of the paddy wagon and make them study the phone book for a couple of hours. (The Sydney Yellow Pages, not the pathetic local version here).

I don’t often agree with you HBG but I do this time – especially about reading the phone book which used to work a treat before human rights were invented. The log barriers only present another challenge to these morons and proves that old maxim “locks only keep out honest people” I hope you passed on your IT to Crimestoppers.

Pork Hunt 10:03 pm 14 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

ErkzO said :

The playground is still fenced off!
They are also re-building the one with the spinny things, which is also still fenced of since mid last year.

Never been to Fadden Pines before, but a last-minute cancellation this afternoon left me with an esky full of drink & meat and a car full of children.
“Take them to Fadden Pines”, suggested the Mrs.
OK, I thought, sounds hideous, but I am curious to see the place, after so many stories of high-grade criminal vandalism.

Anyway, get down there – standard sterile city-park. Absolutely brimming with bogans celebrating yet another day of pointless sport-related activities. The kids loved it.

Anyway, we happened to be the last to leave. As dusk settled in on us, I noticed two cars came screaming into the carpark.
Now, this carpark has coppers-logs everywhere, and some mysterious very steep little berms running through the place whose purpose I couldn’t figure out until these two carloads of hoons demonstrated it to me: these idiots were using the place as a little rally track. Then they stopped, took something out of their car and started trying to break one of the coppers logs, presumably so they could enter the playground and trash it.
At this point I made my presence known (although they must have seen the car there), spent a while trying to decide whether to carry on, or just mug me, and then decided to hightail it out of there.

Both cars had P plates. A couple of the hoons had hi-vis vests on (fashion statement? Working on a saturday?). NSW plates, although neither vehicle looked like it would pass rego, and I didn’t get close enough to see whether they were actually using keys to start them…..

Now, all this effort to vandal-proof the place, and all this effort building and re-building the playground, when all the cops have to do is be there when I was, nab the little bastards, throw them in the back of the paddy wagon and make them study the phone book for a couple of hours. (The Sydney Yellow Pages, not the pathetic local version here).

With you on the jury….

HenryBG 8:19 pm 14 Apr 12

ErkzO said :

The playground is still fenced off!
They are also re-building the one with the spinny things, which is also still fenced of since mid last year.

Never been to Fadden Pines before, but a last-minute cancellation this afternoon left me with an esky full of drink & meat and a car full of children.
“Take them to Fadden Pines”, suggested the Mrs.
OK, I thought, sounds hideous, but I am curious to see the place, after so many stories of high-grade criminal vandalism.

Anyway, get down there – standard sterile city-park. Absolutely brimming with bogans celebrating yet another day of pointless sport-related activities. The kids loved it.

Anyway, we happened to be the last to leave. As dusk settled in on us, I noticed two cars came screaming into the carpark.
Now, this carpark has coppers-logs everywhere, and some mysterious very steep little berms running through the place whose purpose I couldn’t figure out until these two carloads of hoons demonstrated it to me: these idiots were using the place as a little rally track. Then they stopped, took something out of their car and started trying to break one of the coppers logs, presumably so they could enter the playground and trash it.
At this point I made my presence known (although they must have seen the car there), spent a while trying to decide whether to carry on, or just mug me, and then decided to hightail it out of there.

Both cars had P plates. A couple of the hoons had hi-vis vests on (fashion statement? Working on a saturday?). NSW plates, although neither vehicle looked like it would pass rego, and I didn’t get close enough to see whether they were actually using keys to start them…..

Now, all this effort to vandal-proof the place, and all this effort building and re-building the playground, when all the cops have to do is be there when I was, nab the little bastards, throw them in the back of the paddy wagon and make them study the phone book for a couple of hours. (The Sydney Yellow Pages, not the pathetic local version here).

ErkzO 1:44 am 31 Mar 11

The playground is still fenced off!
They are also re-building the one with the spinny things, which is also still fenced of since mid last year.

Tooks 2:53 pm 06 Sep 10

Whatsup said :

The fence is still around the playground and no sign of it being fixed. How long does it take to order some new parts for this almost new structure and get it open again ?

Apparently it costs a small fortune and has to be shipped from overseas, but yeah, it’s surprising it still hasn’t been done.

Whatsup 2:24 pm 06 Sep 10

The fence is still around the playground and no sign of it being fixed. How long does it take to order some new parts for this almost new structure and get it open again ?

matt31221 2:30 pm 26 Apr 10

Johnboy, not in my family brother but I know what your saying and have read the statistics somewhere.

CraigT, I thought it made sense. There have been quite a few stories around about attempted abductions in the paper recently. Me and my brother were almost abducted when we were primary school children outside Chapman primary school, perhaps that is the source of my paranoia.

Ceej1973 8:23 pm 25 Apr 10

Deezagood. This is normal Australian Neanderthal/Cromag mixed blooded teenager behaivour. What is there to be surprised about?

Fenn 3:27 pm 25 Apr 10

I could cope with cameras being monitored by police, but live feed to the web? The mind boggles.

I remember the lovely playgrounds we used to have, which were made of metal and covered with tanbark. Yes, kids hurt themselves. But they were a lot harder to break. Maybe it’s time to stop building playgrounds made of plastic and soft padding?

Remember the awesome concrete labyrinthine… thing out by the lake? And those tower tree houses with the flying foxes? And trees you were allowed to climb? *sigh* Yes I also remember broken arms, grazed knees, sprained ankles, but I don’t ever remember getting to the park and not being allowed to play because there was a burnt out car in it.

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