Friday 17 June 2016
The anger and expense tied to the recent vandalism of trees in Bega’s Littleton Gardens has been replaced this morning (Friday) by a pop-up paper art installation.
An anonymous local artist has reclaimed the space on behalf of the community who are keen to see the park filled with beauty again.
Around 50 newly planted trees were hacked down in the early hours of May 7 and 8, adding up to a repair bill in the tens of thousands of dollars for ratepayers.
Council’s General Manager Leanne Barnes said she was delighted to see the surprise white paper flowers attached to the remaining trunks of the vandalised trees.
“Since the vandalism, staff from Council’s Recreation and Leisure team have been working on plans to replace the trees and get Littleton Gardens looking good again,” Mrs Barnes said.
Earlier this week a communique was delivered to Councillors for them to consider, those discussions are on-going and Council is hoping to announce plans for the future shortly.
“Community feedback and suggestions have really fed our response to the vandalism and we are taking this opportunity to refocus and respond accordingly,” Mrs Barnes said.
“It’s clear the community values this space and are keen to see it as a stand out in the ongoing makeover of the civic centre.
“I’d encourage people in and around Bega to get into the Gardens and see this simple but powerful artistic statement before the rain comes to wash it away,” Mrs Barnes said.
“It is truly beautiful.”
Further updates will follow as Council moves forward on a positive future for Littleton Gardens.
Photographs: Pretty white paper flowers brighten Littleton Gardens.