Ongoing vandalism forces removal of Council flagpoles
August 16, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council has removed three flagpoles from the corner of the Princes Highway and Bridge Road, Nowra after they were the recipients of repeated acts of vandalism since being erected in early July.
The flagpoles carried the Australian, Aboriginal and Shoalhaven City Council flags and were located at the northern entrance to the City, adjacent to the Nowra sign.
The first act of vandalism took place on Monday 1 August when all three flags were stolen after the perpetrators snapped off the pole’s locking mechanism enabling the flags to be lowered.
The ropes and flags were replaced early last week and the flagpoles were fixed to disenable community members from lowering the flags by using the ropes.
However last Friday 12 August, Council staff discovered two of the flagpoles had been unbolted at the base and dropped to the ground overnight. Both the Aboriginal and Australian flags had been removed.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said he was sickened by these ongoing acts of vandalism saying the entire community was losing out because of the actions of a small group of people.
“The three flagpoles, located at the entrance to North Nowra, had attracted a mountain of positive feedback from local residents however the actions of a few have spoilt it for the entire community,” said Clr Green.
“With the flags used on these specific poles costing around $900 a set it makes it impossible for Council to continually replace them after individual acts of vandalism.
“It is really disappointing to see these flagpoles having been vandalised twice in the short time since they were erected.”
“I’m still hopeful that an effective method of securing the poles and flags can be found as I’m aware of the significance these flags held throughout the City, especially within the Aboriginal community.”
All three flagpoles have since been removed and placed in storage.