Wanneroo: Memorial Park picnic area blamed for attracting trouble


Shaun Hayes says unruly youths are congregating at the Wanneroo Community Centre.
Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d456652
Shaun Hayes says unruly youths are congregating at the Wanneroo Community Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d456652

A WANNEROO resident says teenagers’ anti-social behaviour in a local park is “out of control”.

Shaun Hayes said there had been ongoing problems with youths gathering in an area between Memorial Park and Wanneroo Community Centre for more than a year.

He said it had recently escalated from congregating and drinking to burglary and vandalism of adjacent residential units, where his elderly parents live.

“It’s got worse and worse and it’s escalated to break-ins and damage to people’s property,” he said.

“My parents don’t need this going on directly behind their house.”

Mr Hayes said incidents had been reported to police and one resident had installed security cameras, but the youths had not been identified.

He wants the City of Wanneroo to remove the picnic table and barbecue from the area, which he said he had been monitoring daily and were not used, as he believed it was attracting the teen-agers.

“While it’s there they’re going to keep drinking there, they’re going to keep vandalising,” he said.

“If they would move them they wouldn’t hang out there.”

“It’s so overgrown; it’s just a perfect hangout for kids to get away to do whatever they want to do there.”

City community and place director Fiona Hodges said safety patrol officers patrolled every suburb on a nightly basis.

“The City of Wanneroo would be hesitant to remove a community amenity like the picnic table and benches because of anti-social behaviour and would only do so as a last resort,” she said.

“Instead, we would prefer to engage with the local youth through the Youth Outreach Program and deter this type of behaviour.”

She said antisocial behaviour should be reported to WA Police and that the facilities were regularly used during the day