Vandals force flying fox to close

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel is frustrated Koombana Bay’s popular flying fox has been vandalised.
Camera IconDeputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel is frustrated Koombana Bay’s popular flying fox has been vandalised. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

The vandalism of a popular attraction at Koombana Bay left children and visitors disappointed during a busy long weekend.

The flying fox at the foreshore’s new playground was significantly damaged last month, forcing Bunbury City Council to close the popular play equipment.

The act of vandalism meant the equipment was out of action for the Labour Day long weekend when hundreds of families and children flocked to the foreshore.

The flying fox has been one of the most popular aspects of the playground since its opening last year.

Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel said it was disappointing someone would ruin something that so many people in the community enjoyed.

“We assume they’re community members or City of Bunbury residents, we can’t be sure, but it’s disappointing,” Cr Miguel said.

“We do things for the city, buy things for the city, invest in the city and to see it vandalised, you hope that it’s not a recurring thing.

“No matter what you do, unfortunately there’s always going to be people who find fun in ruining it for others but hopefully the people can find better things to do with their time.”

Despite another part of the flying fox being damaged previously, Cr Miguel ruled out CCTV cameras being used in the area.

The cost of the damage was estimated to be about $1300 and the council is hoping to have the equipment back in action by Friday.

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