Bass Playground Vanishes


A playground at the George Bass Memorial Park in Bass has been stolen.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Parks Team reported the missing playground equipment on 29 December following a phone call from a Bass resident enquiring why Council had removed the playground.

Council’s Acting General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Jodi Kennedy, said a routine inspection of the park was done on 10 December 2014, with the playground fully intact.

“Some pieces of the playground have been taken sometime in the week leading up to Christmas last year,” Ms Kennedy said.

“We believe the equipment was disassembled and taken overnight.

“Council has reported the theft to Wonthaggi Police; however police said recent rain has washed away any fingerprints.”

Ms Kennedy said the playground, which was installed in 2006, was missing equipment including:

  • a plastic slide with canopy
  • three steel decks
  • a steel fixed hand ring climber
  • a chain squeeze bar panel
  • a plastic abacus panel
  • a plastic clinker climber, a plastic steering wheel panel and a plastic shopfront panel

Anyone with information about the playground theft is encouraged to contact Wonthaggi Police on (03) 5671 4100 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.

Ms Kennedy said Council was in the process of getting a quote to replace the playground equipment.

“We hope to have some parts back in place in coming weeks until we are able to fully restore the play equipment,” Ms Kennedy said.