Unsavoury finds at centre

Joanne Newhill, with a deal bag, and her son BJ. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d403901
Joanne Newhill, with a deal bag, and her son BJ. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d403901

Mercy Child Day Care Thornlie coordinator Desiree Winn said staff had to check the climbing fort’s cubby house daily to ensure it was safe for children to play there.

The problems have continued for four years, since the day care opened, Ms Winn said.

‘It happens mostly on weekends. The fort is fenced off and in a locked area,’ she said.

‘The fences get kicked in a lot, a couch was stolen from outside and laid astroturf dug up and taken.

‘I think it’s just the area. We are on a corner near a bus stop. We went through a stage where it was every weekend and we’ve had a window broken.’

The day care was given nearly $20,000 for CCTV cameras through the State Government’s Crime Prevention Program and the cameras will be installed later this month.

South Metropolitan Region MLC Nick Goiran announced the $19,586 grant on June 27.

‘The project will fund the supply and installation of five external cameras, one network video recorder with remote access and one monitor,’ Mr Goiran said.

‘This will provide an integrated security system at the centre that will assist in identifying and apprehending those trespassing and littering drug items at the centre and its surrounds.

‘The safety and protection of the children and staff at the centre is paramount.’