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The Glen Forrest Community Garden pizza oven has been targeted by vandals twice this year.

Vandals strike community garden again

CONTINUED acts of vandalism may have destroyed valuable infrastructure at Glen Forrest Community Garden, but they will not destroy the spirits of those committed to bettering the community. 

In February the community garden’s pizza oven was damaged when it was broken into and set alight.

Only last week thieves stole a newly installed Little Free Library that provided the community with a free book exchange. 

On Tuesday, a reader notified Echo News about the latest damage, with the pizza oven destroyed by vandals.

Echo News immediately informed community garden treasurer Jenny Currell.

“We’re very bemused and disappointed, we’re creating a nice community space and it’s been disrespected,” she said.

“We have put in the effort to create a nice community space and we won’t go away just because of a couple of bad eggs causing trouble.”

She said group members would rebuild.

“A lot of local people appreciate what we’re doing,” she said.

“The Little Free Library was popular and so are the pizzas when we cook them up, at last weekend’s free Festival of Forgotten Skills event we had 300 people.”

Mundaring Mens Shed members, who built and installed the Little Free Library and the lockable door to the pizza oven have also been affected by this week’s senseless act of vandalism.

“Whoever did this can come forward and collect the 2018 low-life award,” Mundaring Mens Shed president Barry Crossley said.

“It’m very disappointed in their attitude, I want them to pull their heads in.”

Mr Crossley installed the first door, made out of gauged metal.

“I made the door for it and the ratbags broke that [in February], so I made one out of checker plate, it’s a bit like Fort Knox the way I built it.”

Instead of breaking the door again, the vandals have attempted to break straight through the outer shell. 

Community members took to the group’s Facebook page to express their sorrow and disappointment, with some suggesting surveillance for the area.

Ms Currell said the group had not had a chance to discuss the incident, but added that surveillance cameras could be one possible option.

By Claire Ottaviano

 

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