Time to tackle kids’ brazen behaviour

Steve Meatheringham is fed up with vandalism at his business premises. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d421237
Steve Meatheringham is fed up with vandalism at his business premises. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d421237

OCEAN Reef surveyor Steve Meatheringham is fed-up with bored teenagers’ “malicious” damage, drinking, graffiti, grass burnouts and other anti-social behaviour affecting his business premises.

After nine years at the professional centre on the corner of Marina Boulevard and Venturi Drive, five as strata manager, a cheeky incident prompted him to speak out.

On June 9, Mr Meatheringham found paving bricks from around the centre’s airconditioning unit and drainage pit had been barrowed over the road to a disused petrol station at Ocean Reef Shopping Centre.

‘To my disbelief, I found a wheelbarrow, trolley, bags of cement, water containers and a freshly built brick couch for the local layabouts,’ he said.

‘The garage has been abandoned for about five years and is a meeting place-cum-hangout for idle teenagers.

‘The large driveway roof offers protection from both sun and rain and is the ideal clubhouse site for hanging out.

‘The theft of the brick paving and on-going incidents of malicious damage necessitates the need for action to halt the trend.’

Mr Meatheringham said binge drinking on his centre’s lawns, dumped rubbish, broken/ scratched windows, damaged signs, lighting and reticulation and stolen plants were among problems.

‘I heard couches from a kerbside collection were taken over to the garage and I (personally) removed a foam mattress from the back of our place,’ he said.

Mr Meatheringham said the shopping centre, with several empty shops and in need of an upgrade, was a ‘breeding ground for congregating youths wanting to display their feathers.’

He called for a fence around the abandoned garage and urgent repairs to the centre’s car park, ‘crumbling paths and broken kerbs’ and overgrown trees.

‘The large trees around the site are left unpruned with branches touching cars and obstructing pedestrians,’ he said.

‘Branches have fallen on vehicles and pathways.’

A spokeswoman for the shopping centre’s managing agents said discussions with Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard and the owners resulted in ‘significant progress’ towards improvements.

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