Vandalism of Penola Public Facilities

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Public conveniences in Arthur Street, Penola

Wattle Range Council staff were left cleaning up the mess in Penola after senseless graffiti and theft occurred at both public toilet facilities on Arthur Street and Portland Street in recent weeks.

“It is always upsetting when facilities provided for our residents and guests are mistreated,” Council's Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower said.

During this latest incident, toilet roll holders were broken at the facilities with all paper rolls being stolen from the sites. In addition, large sachets of liquid soap were removed from dispensers. Although these items seem minor, the cost of replacing them and cleaning up the facilities are carried onto ratepayers.

Both facilities remain unlocked to allow public access 24 hours a day. However, if theft and graffiti continue, locking the sites overnight may be considered to prevent further damage. If any member of the public witnesses this antisocial and destructive behaviour it is recommended that they immediately report it to the police.

“Works have already commenced to remedy the vandalism at both sites,” Mr Gower concluded.

For further information please contact:

Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900