ERNIE, Goofy, Fat Cat and their friends have earned a reprieve after the City of Wanneroo reversed a decision to remove them from a Wanneroo fence.
The soft toys are among nearly 50 that have been tied to a fence along Lenore Road fence for at least the past several months. They came to the attention of the City a month ago and a notice appeared, requesting their removal by September 2.
Mariginiup resident Sue Myc said she had watched the number of teddies on the fence grow over the past few months and was disappointed at the prospect of them being taken down.
City assets director Harminder Singh said the notice was erected because of concern that motorists would be distracted while driving or stop to see the toys and they “could attract vandals who may create an unsafe environment by lighting fire”.
Other reasons were that “it was not known who was attaching teddy bears there and their intentions” and to stop more being attached because “eventually these will disintegrate and the resulting litter may cause issues.”
Mr Singh said the City had changed its decision after a visit to the site on Friday. “It was decided that the signage be removed and the teddies left in place while the City looks at alternate locations where they can be displayed in a safe and secure environment,” he said.
“The City encourages members of the public to donate teddy bears to a charity rather than continuing to attach them to the fence at this location.”