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Vandals hit skate park

The Mill Park skate park is believed to have been vandalised on the weekend of 9 – 10 September. Photos – Moorabool Shire Council

By Lachlan Ellis

Moorabool Shire Council has expressed its frustration at another act of vandalism in the Shire, this time at a local skate park.

The Mill Park skate park in Ballan was recently the victim of an attack by vandals, with vandalism costing ratepayers tens of thousands of dollars to repair each year.

Landscaping works being done at the skate park were torn up, and Moorabool Shire Mayor Cr Ward expressed his disappointment at facilities built for the benefit of the public being treated this way.

“By damaging paths, public buildings such as toilets and other Council assets you are really hurting the community, as ratepayers have to carry the cost of repairs,” Cr Ward told the Moorabool News.

“We urge anyone with information on any of these incidents to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, or Council.”

Council is considering whether any barriers are required to be installed at Mill Park to protect the newly landscaped area from further access by vehicles and pedestrians.

Similar vandalism has occurred at the Telford Park All Abilities Trail in Darley where motorbike riders caused damage through illegal access, and at Grantleigh Drive in Darley where a newly-laid footpath was graffitied.