Vandals strike statues

Animal statues in Keilor Downs have been vandalised.

By Tate Papworth

Vandals have destroyed popular artworks at Antwerp Drive Reserve in Keilor Downs.

The wooden totem poles featuring native animals were destroyed earlier this month.

On its Facebook page, Brimbank council said the vandalism was appalling.

“We’re disgusted and disappointed at the destruction of much-loved artworks at Antwerp Drive Reserve in Keilor Downs over the weekend,” the council said.

“These beautiful sculptures were installed as part of a park upgrade just last year – so we share our community’s disappointment and dismay.

“As well as damaging three sculptures, vandals left broken glass strewn across a picnic table.

“Police have been informed and council will contact the artist to see if repairs can be made.”

The nature-themed park at Antwerp Drive Reserve was opened to the public in June last year. The $120,000 upgrade also included a new playground featuring climbing posts, a mound with a slide and climbing unit and new plant life.

It’s not the first time vandals have hit a Brimbank park in recent months.

The much-anticipated Sunvale Park in sunshine was attacked by vandals three times within a month of opening last year.

In more recent times, two greens at the Keilor Public Golf Course were ripped up after vehicles were deliberately driven across the course.