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Anti-kangaroo cull vandals hit another depot

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Henry Belot

Vandalism: Graffiti protesting the ACT government's kangaroo cull.

Vandalism: Graffiti protesting the ACT government's kangaroo cull. Photo: Supplied

Animal activists who oppose the ACT government's ongoing kangaroo cull are believed to have broken into a city maintenance depot in Holder on early Tuesday morning and smashed the windscreens and tyres of eight government vehicles.

Territory and Municipal Services spokeswoman Jane Carder said the damaged vehicles are used to clean shopping malls and toilets in Canberra's south and the vandalism will cause significant delays and inconvenience in coming days.

This latest incident of vandalism comes just a month after the vandalism of 10 government cars at the Parks and Conservation depot in Farrer.

Protest: Parks and Conservation's Peter Galvin with a new Toyota Hilux whose windows and tyres were slashed by vandals last month.

Protest: Parks and Conservation's Peter Galvin with a new Toyota Hilux whose windows and tyres were slashed by vandals last month. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Since then, signs alerting the public to park closures have been stolen and vandalised by animal activists, with TAMS management expecting taxpayers to bear the cost of several thousand dollars in damages. 

Ms Carder said vandals entered the Holder depot at about 3am by cutting a large hole the size of a door in the depot fence.

The attack was captured on CCTV and footage has been supplied to ACT Policing, which will now investigate the vandalism.

Threats: Notes left for TAMS workers near the Mount Painter Nature Reserve.

Threats: Notes left for TAMS workers near the Mount Painter Nature Reserve. Photo: Supplied

Ms Carder said an item of interest was left behind at the depot and has been provided to police to assist their inquiries. 

The Holder depot is not involved in wildlife management or the kangaroo cull and Ms Carder said the attack came as a shock to the workers at the depot. 

''This was a total surprise to us,'' Ms Carder said. ''We deliver core municipal service and have nothing at all to do with any wildlife issues around the ACT.''

Ms Carder called on the offenders to end their rampage of vandalism as it was not beneficial to anyone. 

''Stop these senseless acts, they are not getting anybody anywhere,'' she said. ''There's no advantage in damaging our maintenance vehicles that help keep the city clean.'' 

Ms Carder said damage was estimated at $8000, although that would depend on the cost of replacing windscreens and tyres.

No graffiti was left on the cars by vandals at the Holder depot, which was the case in the earlier attack at Athllon Drive, where anarchist symbols were drawn on car doors. 

Ms Carder said the ''senseless vandalism'' meant cleaning would be limited in the coming days.

''We won't be able to get out and clean the shopping centres and toilets at this stage,'' she said

''We are doing the bare minimum and have borrowed other vehicles but generally we won't be able to get into the city or the Woden Weston region.''

Ms Carder said the act was a waste of taxpayers’ money. ''When I first heard this in the morning I just couldn't believe it because it's such a senseless act of vandalism.'' Ms Carder said workers at the Holder centre were disappointed they could not carry out their work on Tuesday. 

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the government expected vandalism, but it would be useless in stopping the cull. 

''We know that there are very strong opinions around the cull of kangaroos and the extremes people will go to try and disrupt the cull that has been legally authorised to occur,'' she said. 

''It costs money, we have to pay for it and the cull still goes ahead, so I am not sure it actually delivers an outcome for anyone.'' 

Ms Gallagher said vandalism cost ACT taxpayers a huge amount of money. 

''We can try and do whatever we can to minimise the chance of it but every year it seems to be a bit of a theme of 'this is what happens with the kangaroo cull,' '' she said. 

The vandalism at the Holder depot comes after the discovery of threatening notes left for workers carrying out the kangaroo cull over the weekend.

One note labelled the rangers as ''killers for hire'' and warned them that ''your time will come''. 

A TAMS spokesman said activists have also cut fences at nature reserves closed for the kangaroo cull during the past month.

One Canberran discovered the notes along with vandalised fences at Mount.Painter nature reserve when she visited over the weekend. 

She said the paddock contained up to 20 horses which were put at risk by the vandalism of the fences. 

''If the horses had wandered up into that area of the paddock, they would have been easily able to get out, and from there been exposed to roads and members of the public as it is a popular walking track,'' she said. 

with Ben Latham

16 comments so far

  • To the people of the Climate Department who claimed they received death threats from "Deniers", this is actually what death threats look like.

    Commenter
    BAG
    Date and time
    July 22, 2014, 11:55AM
    • Can I gather from your comment BAG that you sent threats, however feeble, to the "people of the Climate Department"? You seem very sensitised to it.

      Commenter
      The Analyser
      Date and time
      July 22, 2014, 2:58PM
  • Funny thing is that these brainless idiots are trying to bring attention to their cause in a very special way that will only anger the majority.

    Senseless, selfish, narrow minded fools who will never be happy ...........

    We must get used to the simple fact that Canberra will always be a draw card for wildlife, and in the case of the Kangaroo you just cannot let them run amok like a flock of cockatoos...

    Commenter
    Cull
    Location
    Then Cull Some More
    Date and time
    July 22, 2014, 12:05PM
    • Arm the place with dye bombs.....

      Commenter
      Deutsch
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 22, 2014, 12:23PM
      • This is exactly why I stopped listening to their opinion and don't really care for their opinion anymore.

        Commenter
        WotTha?????
        Date and time
        July 22, 2014, 12:27PM
        • I really hope they catch these useless individuals and name and shame them publicly. They have taken wanten stupidity to an all new level and i doubt they will have ANY support left in the community after this effort.

          Commenter
          J72
          Date and time
          July 22, 2014, 12:35PM
          • Breaking: Police are hoping to speak with a Shane Rattenbury in relation to the incident.

            Commenter
            Economist
            Date and time
            July 22, 2014, 2:47PM
            • It is astonishing to me that there are people so stupid as to think these actions are advancing their cause. Do they really think the Government is going to change it's mind about the cull so as to reward mindless vandals?

              Commenter
              JD
              Location
              Canberra
              Date and time
              July 22, 2014, 3:05PM
              • The more the vandalism occurs the more against the activists I become

                Commenter
                2600
                Date and time
                July 22, 2014, 4:00PM
                • Kangaroos no longer have a predator so they will breed until the food runs out and then they will starve. Without the cull, the only way to avoid starvation in kangaroos is to supplement their feed. Unfortunately sooner or later their numbers will exceed our resources - then an even larger number of them will starve. Is this a good idea? No.

                  We could reinstate the dingoes (they belong here too), then the dingoes can keep the kangaroos in check in a purely natural (but admittedly not very humane) way. Sound good? Isn't that nature taking its proper course?

                  Commenter
                  John
                  Location
                  Canberra
                  Date and time
                  July 22, 2014, 9:08PM

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