Rock throwers target buses in Seabrook
Rocks have been thrown at four buses in Seabrook in the past two weeks, prompting calls for community support to help catch the offenders.
The rocks were thrown at ComfortDelgro Cabcharge (CDC) buses on routes 494, 495 and 496, along Point Cook Road, near Allington Place.
Protective film prevented windows from shattering and only minor damage was done to the buses.
No one was injured.
But CDC group operations manager George Konstantopoulos said something needed to be done given the incidents happened near Seabrook Primary School.
“It’s purely coincidental that no one was hurt, but we fear it’s only a matter of time unless the perpetrators are caught,” he said.
“We’re deeply concerned for the safety and welfare of our passengers and drivers.
“This is quite an affluent area and we haven’t had any issues here before, but the recent incidents are enough for us to reach out to the community asking them to contact Crime Stoppers should they have any knowledge of, or witness to, these attacks.
“The community could potentially be the biggest loser out of this situation because if it continues to happen we will have to go to Public Transport Victoria and seek a diversion of these routes.
“We hope these incidents cease before it gets to that.”
Anyone who know anything about the incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Article courtesy of StarWeekly http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/rock-throwers-target-buses-in-seabrook/
Youths learn about cost of graffiti
Young people in Melbourne's west have been given a crash course on the toll taken by illegal tagging.
Participants in the Western Bulldogs' Whitten Project were unleashed last Wednesday on a 48-seat bus at the Sunshine depot of project partner ComfortDelGro Cabcharge (CDC) Victoria – and told to tag it to their hearts' content.
But tables were then turned and the graffitists rolled up their sleeves and got to work cleaning up the mess they had made.
CDC community engagement manager Michelle Ho said the exercise gave the young leaders insight into the damage tagging causes on CDC's fleet of buses.
"CDC Victoria is proud to be a part of the Western Bulldogs' Whitten Project," Ms Ho said.
"It provides us with a platform to educate the future leaders of tomorrow about the cause and effects of graffiti tagging on board our buses.
"Twenty-five per cent of our buses get tagged and the total damage bill of graffiti vandalism per year is more than $500,000."
Ms Ho said the partnership between CDC and The Whitten Project was helping young leaders learn to become good role models and positively influence others.
The seven-month Whitten Project has four more workshops to complete before graduation day at Whitten Oval on October 12.
Article orginally from StarWeekly http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/whitten-project-participants-discover-toll-taken-by-graffiti-on-buses/pub/brimbank_north_west/