Dob in park vandals


Hoons have messed up two Council parks in recent weeks, and anyone with information about the damage should contact police, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca said vandals had created deep tyre marks at Carrick Drive Reserve in Gladstone Park, and on parkland along Yuroke Creek, off Kirkham Drive in Greenvale.

"Council works closely with residents to nurture a safe and inviting community, and this sort of thing is disappointing for everyone," Cr Atmaca said.

"It’s unsettling for residents who live nearby and hear the hoons in action late at night, and I’m saddened to see that the damaged area in Gladstone Park lies between a church and a bowls club.

"Council officers work hard to cultivate the parks and reserves across Hume, and they obviously feel a little frustrated when the community’s grasses and plants are damaged in such a careless way."

Council workers are so far the only people to have reported the vandalism, and Cr Atmaca called on all residents to keep an eye out for offenders.

"If you see or hear a person damaging a park, please report the incident to police and Hume City Council," he said.

"People who harm our grasses and plants make some of our residents feel unsafe, and they also cost our ratepayers money.

"Council has utilised a flail mower to roll the affected areas, but it can take some time for the turf to properly recover due to our cold and wet weather."

Hume City Council suspects that offenders damaged both parks on the ANZAC Day weekend, while at a separate site alongside Hamilton Street and Sydney Road in Craigieburn, vandals drove over a number of young trees, which had been supported by stakes.

"This sort of thing can make our community parks appear temporarily untidy, and we want to create a welcoming appearance for people of all ages to enjoy," Cr Atmaca said.

"Many residents spend time in Hume’s parks, like the Jack Roper Reserve in Broadmeadows, which is nestled around a peaceful lake.

"Council is proud of Apex Park in Sunbury, and we know that Craigieburn Park will be a wonderful destination for the growing numbers of families who live in Hume’s north.

"Each of our parks and reserves exist to enhance the amenity of Hume, and for both residents and visitors to relish."

Anyone who has information about vandalism in Hume’s parks should contact police, as well as Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 11 May 2015

Updated : 12:00 AM, 11 May 2015

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