Parkes Shire Council fed up with vandalism attacks

DISAPPOINTED: There has been eight vandalism incidents over a few months - including this one at the Parkes Skate Park - that's costing Parkes Shire Council and the community. Photo: Submitted

DISAPPOINTED: There has been eight vandalism incidents over a few months - including this one at the Parkes Skate Park - that's costing Parkes Shire Council and the community. Photo: Submitted

Parkes Shire Council is very disappointed in the number of vandalism incidents reported over the past few months within the shire, the latest occurring last week.

"I was incredibly disappointed to see the latest damage caused to the turf at the Parkes Skate Park, which has been ripped up by a motor vehicle," Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM said.

There has also been a number of reported incidents at Harrison Park, with damage to fencing and sprinklers, and Keast Park, with damage to the picket fencing as well as a 100-metre strip of turf ripped up.

"Over the past few months, there has been eight vandalism incidents within the community of Parkes, which has cost council $5000 in repairs to fix the damage caused," Cr Keith said.

"This senseless destruction also comes at a cost to our community, impacting our ratepayers.

"The cost to the community is not only monetary, it also affects access to services.

"Council has to close areas to undertake repairs and it diverts staff from other works.

"People of all ages are inconvenienced, and it can make some people in the community feel unsafe."

Cr Keith added that the money spent to repair the damage that has been caused, could be better spent on other parts of the community.

"Council has a zero-tolerance policy for this sort of behaviour," he said.

"I urge anyone who has any information regarding these vandalism incidents to contact the Parkes Police."

The Parkes Police phone number is 6862 9999.

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