Vandals Cause Thousands of Dollars Damage to West Coffs Reserve

Published on 19 May 2023

Swings at West Coffs Reserve burnt and totally destroyed by vandals

Senseless vandalism of the West Coffs Reserve in Hart Close has destroyed children’s play equipment, leaving local families without access to sections of the playground.

Over the last several nights vandals have set fire to play equipment and vandalised the amenities block, with repairs being estimated at $40,000.

Sections of the playground will now be closed for some time until an insurance claim can be processed and repairs carried out.

Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Paul Amos, said: “After inspecting the damage I am so upset and angry at the lack of respect shown to our community who use this playground to enjoy time with their kids.

"We all pay for these facilities with our rates and I’m just disgusted by these thoughtless individuals depriving our children of being able to play in one of our community’s newest and most well-appointed parks.”

The City of Coffs Harbour is urging any residents who witnessed the damage to the park to report it to Police.

Vandalism across the Coffs Coast is a problem and Council is grateful for the support of the local Police command in helping tackle and deal with this behaviour.

Anyone that witnesses vandalism should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, Coffs Harbour Police Station on 02) 6652 0299 or 131 444 (after hours).

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