City of Melville Chief Executive Officer Marten Tieleman said conservation and maintenance work had been underway at Brockman Park for the last five years, and the recent vandalism had destroyed a considerable amount of the work.
“In keeping with the City’s Clean and Green focus, almost 147,000 plants have been planted at the site, 6 hectares of Bull Creek Reserve restored and over 8,000 hours of work invested by City officers and our wonderful volunteers from the community who make this conservation work possible,” he said.
“Our volunteers at Brockman Park alone include the Friends of Bull Creek Catchment, Rossmoyne Senior High School Bushrangers, various church groups, corporate events, Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) Volunteers and the Wild Flower society and we thank them for their ongoing commitment despite such setbacks.
“As the result of unauthorised work in the area including the damming of the natural watercourse, plant drownings and waterway changes occurred, vegetation and plantings were damaged and substantial pools of water collected presenting a potential danger to anyone moving through the area, in particular children.
“The pooling of water also compromised the local engineering and drainage system with the surrounding roads, park and residential properties placed at risk of potential flooding, which needed to be rectified as quickly as possible.”
The recent restorative works at Brockman Park were undertaken by the Water Corporation, as owners of the site, working in coordination with the City who manage the site, to ensure a successful outcome.
Our community surveys overwhelmingly show public support for protecting the environment, but City of Melville Natural Areas and Parks officers are at times faced with various acts of environmental vandalism across the City.
Penalties for envriornmental vandalism do apply, with two cases resulting in a prosecution in recent years. One prosecution related to two offences at Brockman Park.
While the City of Melville provides a 24 hour Community Security Service, residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activities relating to the vandalism of our natural environment to our 24 hour Community Safety Service hotline on 1300 653 643.