Increase in anti-social behaviour seen at lake

Senior Sergeant Mike Newman and Cadet Kayleigh Fletcher at the lake. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d416861
Senior Sergeant Mike Newman and Cadet Kayleigh Fletcher at the lake. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d416861

LWP general manager Phil Cuttone said thousands of dollars in damage had occurred at the up-coming housing development and those responsible should be made to pay.

‘Anti-social behaviour from people, who have been looking for a place to hang out, has created a bit of a problem,’ he said.

‘I think it’s important that it is stamped out and people are prosecuted for their actions, so we’re working with Mundijong Police to nip it in the bud.’

A man-made lake at the centre of the new development, which is promoted as a master planned community set among 370 hectares of countryside, has become a make-shift swimming pool for some people.

Mundijong police senior sergeant Mike Newman said the swimmers in the lake had been associated with the anti-social behaviour, including drinking, disorderly behaviour and burnouts.

Snr Sgt Newman said LWP would be seeking restitution costs for damage which is caused, for example, if someone does a burnout on the estate grounds, which not only damages the grass, but also the reticulation under it. He said the culprits would be charged.

‘Police have spoken to people seen at the lake and we’ll also be monitoring the area and creating more of a police presence,’ he said.

For health reasons, the lake was not for swimming. Signage will be put up and people will be told to move on if they are trespassing.

‘We’ll educate first then prosecute if necessary.’

LWP have employed security guards to patrol the estate and have also set up 24-hour video surveillance and increased lighting.

To report any suspicious behaviour contact Mundijong Police on 9525 5244.