Vandals melt milk crate onto Bridgetown community BBQs

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
First Class Const. Laura Nation and Sen. Const. Mike Smith at the Memorial Park Barbecues that were vandalised.Picture: Tristan Wheeler
Camera IconFirst Class Const. Laura Nation and Sen. Const. Mike Smith at the Memorial Park Barbecues that were vandalised.Picture: Tristan Wheeler Credit: Tristan Wheeler/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Police and Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council have highlighted the impact that acts of vandalism have on a community, following an incident last month.

On January 28 a melted milk crate and other items were discovered on the barbecue hotplates at Memorial Park.

Sen. Const. Mike Smith said the impacts of vandalism did not stop at just the damage to the facilities.

“It has a major effect on tourism for sure, because if you had turned up at eight ... to have an early-morning barbecue with your family, I don’t think anyone would be coming back, that’s for sure,” he said

Shire president John Nicholas said vandalism had a disheartening effect on the community.

I think wanton vandalism in any of its forms or shapes is disheartening for communities, particularly if it’s vandalism in terms of community property.

John Nicholas

Bridgetown police have spoken to three youths who admitted their involvement and were referred to the juvenile justice team.

Sen. Const. Smith had a warning for other potential vandals.

“Barbecue burgers and nothing else,” he said.

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