Council appeals to community to deter vandalism

Community life - 25 July 2017

Kempsey Shire Council is appealing to the community for information about damage to public bins after several were vandalised in recent months.

As part of Council’s program to beautify public spaces and reduce costs of disposing public waste, more than 30 bin enclosures have been installed across the Shire in the last four years. 

Council’s Coordinator of Civic Services, Steve Pellen, said the aluminium enclosures are designed to be durable in all weather and not rust or fade. The enclosures and their installation costs around $3600 each and has been supported by funding from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

However, over the last 12 to 18 months, five enclosures have been set on fire and burnt out, one at the Kempsey Skate Park and three in the South West Rocks area during the recent school holiday period.

Mr Pellen said vandalism and damage to public property can cost ratepayers thousands of unnecessary dollars every year.

“Replacing these enclosures is a significant and growing cost to Council and to ratepayers. It is a waste of time and resources and Council are going to have to review whether it can continue to be justified if the damage is ongoing,” he said.

“Public spaces are designed and maintained for everyone to enjoy and part of that enjoyment is certainly making sure there are enough secure bins for the disposal of general rubbish and recycling.”

Mr Pellen said Council is appealing to the community for any information.

“Vandalism is frustrating for Council and the community as it takes away much needed financial support from other services Council can deliver for the Shire.”

Anyone who may have information about any of the incidents are encouraged to report it to Council or to Kempsey Police.

Council is appealing to the community for information after several public bin enclosures were vandalised