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Who vandalises 29 in-ground sprinkler heads?

By johnboy 23 March 2011 26

broken bench

Territory And Municipal Services are in a tizz over recent acts of vandalism:

“Glebe Park has been the latest target of vandalism with the destruction of 29 in-ground sprinkler heads at a total repair cost of $4,000,” Jane Carder, Manager for the Place Management unit in
TAMS said.

“Vandalism costs in Glebe Park have so far this year totalled approximately $70,000, damages have been found at the toilet facility and park furniture, and shrubbery has been stolen, bins set on fire, graffiti in some areas and damage to the playground’s rubber softfall surface.”

Ms Carder said that so far this financial year over $100,000 would be needed to repair the vandalism to the playground and toilet facilities of the Fadden Pines District Park.

“Already this year there have been more than 35 newly planted young trees damaged or stolen from our urban open spaces. City Rangers are currently investigating situations which involved the poisoning of mature public trees,” Ms Carder said.

“Recently a significant tree on rural land near Rob Roy Nature Reserve was also maliciously cut down with an axe.

TAMS would like you to report vandalism so they can get it investigated as soon as possible. Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

A quick look around Glebe Park this morning appeared to demonstrate a park in pretty good shape, which is a credit to TAMS.

Just the broken bench above, a couple of very minor bits of tagging, and an abandoned shopping trolley (thought we’d legislated those away?)


tagging and trolley

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Tooks 7:50 am 24 Mar 11

cleo said :

Maybe it would be wise to install camera’s, I’m sure that would stop these morons!

They’ve certainly stopped robberies, shoplifting, assaults etc. Wait, no they haven’t.

LSWCHP 11:05 pm 23 Mar 11

The people who do this sort of thing are vermin. Or, to use the American vernacular, varmints. I have a varmint rifle ( and I’d honestly be very happy to employ it on these particular varmints. They destroy without thought for their own distorted sick pleasure, and they contribute nothing. They are of no use, and we’d be well rid of them.

creative_canberran 10:53 pm 23 Mar 11

arescarti42 said :

It is sad that people like that exist. Interesting how for the money they’ve spent on repairing vandalism, they could have hired a security guard to patrol the area for 8 hours a day. Or maybe they should put in a tonne of cameras.

Well the “guard” better have an Uzi or a Dillon Mini because when the crowds of druggies, rapists, durnk party goers and assorted trades people come out after dark, he’s going to be very out numbered.

As for cameras, they’ve got them. And they’re so fuzzy, particularly after dark, that you can’t tell if it’s Arthur or Martha. And rumour has it that after dark, certain people in Glebe Park don’t conform to either of those anyway 🙂

cleo 10:48 pm 23 Mar 11

Maybe it would be wise to install camera’s, I’m sure that would stop these morons!

The Dark 10:48 pm 23 Mar 11

Whatever happened with those Guardian Angels, Isn’t this their department?

Holditz 9:39 pm 23 Mar 11

Personally I think it’s par the course for Canberra. I see things in other cities that would be vandalised in Canberra. For example, electric bus stop signs that tell you when the next bus is coming- they would be trashed by young thugs if they were installed here. All because they have nothing to do.

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