Rain leads to removal of toys from Wanneroo’s ‘teddy bear fence’

Some of the toys on High Road.
The toys along Lenore Road.
Some of the toys on High Road. The toys along Lenore Road.

RAIN has led to the removal of toys from Wanneroo’s notorious ‘teddy bear fence’.

More than 150 soft toys are attached to fence on Lenore Road and stretching around the corner to High Road, which has grown from a collection of about 50 over the past nine months.

UPDATE, June 28: The City of Wanneroo said it had removed more than 100 toys from the fence.

City of Wanneroo staff inspected the teddies last Friday and assets director Harminder Singh said some were taken away.

“Following on from significant rain, a number of the toys attached to the fence were found to be splitting/showing signs of deterioration and were therefore removed,” he said.

“Several bears had split due to being waterlogged, resulting in the spread of their internal stuffing around the area.”

In August last year, the City requested removal of the toys but later reversed its decision while it considered alternate locations.

Mr Singh said the site would be monitored.

“While the City is continuing to consider the long term management of the teddy bears at this site, periodic inspections and removal of any damaged bears will continue to eliminate the risk to local wildlife in the adjacent conservation reserve as well as littering issues in the area,” he said.

“Any long term action will be subject to community consultation.”

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