Men ordered to pay for repairs to Rose Shanks Reserve in Treeby

Damage to fences and gates at Rose Shanks Reserve.
Damage to fences and gates at Rose Shanks Reserve.

THE City of Cockburn will receive $1468 from two men found guilty of damaging gates and fences at Rose Shanks Reserve in Treeby earlier this year.

A 19-year-old Leeming man was fined $800 and ordered to pay $968 reparation when he appeared at Fremantle Magistrates Court on June 8 and a second man, who failed to appear in court, pleaded guilty on July 2 after police issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

The 30-year-old Forrestfield man was fined $500 and ordered to pay $500 reparation.

The two pleaded guilty to the charges after they were caught on covert City of Cockburn CCTV cameras trespassing in the Banksia eucalypt woodland reserve in January and March.

The City is now appealing for help to identify those responsible for destroying two gates on the western side of the Lake Coogee Reserve off Fawcett Road around July 20, causing $1200 damage.

A vehicle was driven through the gates and also knocked over a steel post between a bollard and fence as it left the reserve’s eastern boundary near Gardiner Avenue in Munster.

It is estimated in the past three years fence and gate repairs due to criminal damage has cost ratepayers more than $60,000 a year.

Anyone with information about trespassing, damage or dumping in the City is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or speak to environmental services at Cockburn council on 9411 3444.