Meeting focused on vandalism

DAMAGE: Glass scattered on the floor of council's Civic Park depot office after an act of vandalism
DAMAGE: Glass scattered on the floor of council's Civic Park depot office after an act of vandalism

Whyalla police met with City of Whyalla officials at the Civic Park depot this week (Tuesday, October 31) following a recent spate of vandalism and incidents at the city recreational area.

The visit followed concerns raised by Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer after trees were snapped, the council depot was broken into, attempts were made to set a toilet block on fire and council workers were harassed at Civic Park.

Police visited Civic Park with Mayor Breuer and council officers to give advice on future security measures for the park.

Council is continually looking at security measures for the city parks and will be seeking additional funding through grants for a range of measure to make Civic Park, and others, even safer for the public.

Council already commits significant funds through wages, capital works and maintenance budgets to look after these areas and make improvements.

A police spokesman at the park said police would always work with council in trying to solve the problem of vandalism in the city and part of that was offering advice on the measures council can take in the parks.

Police said it was, however, important that people officially report to them any incidents of vandalism or incidents of unsociable behaviour they see in the parks and around the city.

“We’re committed to making sure this problem goes away quicker rather than later,” the police spokesperson said.

“SAPOL (South Australian Police) is committed to working with council and other agencies to ensure public safety in the park is enhanced.

“We are doing everything we can to assist council.”

Council technical staff were present at the meeting with police in Civic Park and a range of measures including extra security, cameras and lighting were discussed.