Brimbank Council has condemned the actions of vandals who have smashed tiles on the Vietnam War Memorial at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens in Sunshine.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council was extremely disappointed that vandals had desecrated the memorial – which was opened in December 2017.
“This memorial pays tribute to the 521 Australians who lost their lives in the Vietnam War – recognising and paying respect to their memory and to the sacrifices that they made.
“This senseless vandalism is disrespectful to their memory and to our community who rallied to support the creation of this memorial,” Cr Giudice said.
Brimbank Council unveiled the Vietnam War Memorial, in partnership with the Vietnamese Community of Australia - Victorian Chapter, in December last year.
The memorial was organised by the Vietnamese Community of Australia - Victorian Chapter in partnership with Brimbank City Council, Sunshine and Footscray RSL, Vietnamese Veterans Association of Victoria, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and Major Bruce Davies, author, historian and Vietnam Veteran.
“This memorial is a place of remembrance and reflection – a special place where the people of Brimbank can spend time honouring loved ones, and understand the sacrifices made by our brave fallen soldiers.
“Public spaces such as this play a significant role reflecting and retelling stories that are important in our history and culture, so to see this sort of vandalism is an insult to our community,” Cr Giudice said.
The damage may have occurred on Sunday 12 August, with several commemorative tiles smashed and some damage to the granite memorial. Council is working with the RSL and Vietnamese community to repair the damage.
Cr Giudice said the damage had been reported to police and urged anyone with information about the vandalism to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.