Sunday, June 16, 2024

Buller vandals target community assets

Several community assets in the Buller district have been damaged by vandals over the last few weeks.

The damage includes four old rose plants and a number of marigolds stolen from Victoria Square, two-toilet seats and a soap dispenser ripped off the Broadway toilets in Reefton, a fence being driven into at the Westport Domain, and damage to the edges of the pathway under the Buller bridge (pictured).

Buller District Council’s Acting group manager community services Krissy Trigg says: “The Christmas break is just a few days away and many people will venture out enjoying the many reserves, parks and recreational facilities in our district, after what has been a difficult year for many.”

“When the weather settles, residents and visitors will flock to our public outdoor spaces like Victoria Square, the NBS theatre grounds, and soon the Westport Waterfront with the Toki Bridge to recreate, celebrate and gather for events like the Buller Marathon.

“These spaces are for everyone’s enjoyment and it is very sad to see that some take it upon themselves to cause unnecessary damage,” she said.

“Council invests into the upkeep and development of these spaces; the new pump track or the Toki Bridge are prime examples. If these community assets are damaged, it creates unnecessary costs that are paid for by ratepayers.”

Council has asked residents who observe any vandalism to report this to Buller District Council, or the police.

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