The Phillips Gardens White Ribbon flower display has been destroyed by vandalism, marking the third incident of vandalism in the gardens in as many months.
Some 200 white petunias and 30 dahlias have been torn from their garden bed and dumped in a heap, which Maryborough Police Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Cunningham said is “shocking”.
“I’m disgusted someone would take the time to desecrate something that has a lot of meaning for people in the community,” he said.
Planted in November last year, the White Ribbon flower display highlighted the Central Goldfields Shire Council’s stance on family violence, promoted upcoming family violence campaigns and aimed to raise community awareness of domestic violence.
The Central Goldfields Shire joined with the Zonta Club of Central Goldfields in creating this display, which marked White Ribbon Day and served as a prelude to the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
The incident is believed to have taken place in the evening of Monday, January 28, or in the early hours of Tuesday, January 29.
This marks the third and most damaging incident of vandalism in Phillips Gardens in recent history, with Central Goldfields Shire team leader town pride, Wayne Pritchard, estimating several thousand dollars in damage has been done.
Act Sen Sgt Cunningham said there is a possibility this incident of vandalism may be linked with the stolen family violence signs.
“I wouldn’t say it’s definitely linked, but someone has obviously taken the time to do something which has had an impact on people throughout the community,” he said.
“It strikes me as someone who is disgruntled with the family violence and legal system.”
Act Sen Sgt Cunningham said investigations are ongoing and is urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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