Australia Day sand sculpture vandal fined image

15 May 2018

The City of Albany has thanked police for their efforts investigating the vandalism of a sand sculpture at Middleton Beach that was part of the community’s Australia Day celebrations.

Police advised the City last week the case had closed after a witness statement led to the arrest and conviction of a 23-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to criminal damage in Albany Magistrate’s Court last month and was fined $800.

The community had admired sculptor Tim Darby painstakingly carve a pile of sand into a pair of impressive whales in the days leading up to Australia Day, with the grand unveiling to happen as part of the City’s annual community event.

City events staff were devastated to find the sculpture destroyed when they arrived on site early on Australia Day morning, but the community rallied to help build a replacement sand sculpture within a few hours.

“We had an overwhelming response from the community and were really grateful for the many people who came down to Middleton Beach to help the sculptor repair his work,” Executive Director Community Services Susan Kay said.

“The City works hard to put on engaging and inclusive events for everyone so it was terribly disappointing, but it was very positive to see the great display of community spirit.”