THE City of Stirling wants Carine residents to help curb problems at a popular park.
A letter was delivered to homes near Carine Regional Open Space last month that said there had been “a series of vandalism and antisocial behaviour” at the site.
It said trees and wildlife protective fencing had been damaged, people were subjected to verbal abuse, illegal campfires built and rubbish and drug paraphernalia dumped.
The letter blamed youths aged from 11 to 18 who used the skate park and bike ramp and encouraged residents to report incidents to the City.
Daniel McAloon regularly uses the open space for walking in the morning and evening.
He said it was a risky area when there were no sports being played.
“It feels really dangerous. There’s a lot of suspicious behaviour going on there,” he said.
Stirling parks manager Ian Hunter said the problems had been ongoing for several months but became “acute” during the school holidays.
“From the City’s officers’ observations and local resident reports, it appears (the offenders are) mostly 11 to 18-year-olds,” he said.
“The City has installed fencing around the site, undertaken extra security patrols and appealed to the public for assistance via a letter-drop to local residents.”
Mr Hunter said the measures had resulted in “substantially reduced activity”.
Hillarys police station Sergeant Darren MacCondruin said officers frequently patrolled the area.