Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

LAST Tues­day morn­ing, some­one set fire to my back­yard. Well, it may be a bit self-in­dul­gent to re­fer to Kings Park as my back­yard but that’s how I use it. From ex­er­cis­ing in it to cap­tur­ing the best scenic pho­tos of Perth, pic­nick­ing and en­joy­ing lazy days on the lawn, it all hap­pens in Kings Park. My heart sank when I saw the smoke and flames as I ap­proached the park about 6am that day. I knew things were hec­tic when sev­eral chop­pers drowned out the sounds of na­ture above me. Later that day, po­lice con­firmed the fire was de­lib­er­ately lit. De­tec­tives from the Ar­son Squad’s Strike Force Vul­can want help with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­wards of up to $50,000 are avail­able for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­vic­tion of an ar­son­ist. Ar­son is the big­gest and dead­li­est form of van­dal­ism pos­si­ble. On any given morn­ing at Kings Park, there are walk­ers, run­ners, dog walk­ers, grounds peo­ple and hol­i­day mak­ers en­joy­ing the view across the 270ha of bush­land and botanic gar­den. Evac­u­a­tion would have been dif­fi­cult, not to men­tion per­ilous for the fire­fight­ers, who would have been at risk of their lives. The self­ish per­son/peo­ple who did this faces life in prison un­der the Crim­i­nal Dam­age by Fire (Ar­son), Sec­tion 444 of the Crim­i­nal Code. I im­plore you to be vig­i­lant and re­port any­thing that could help the ar­son de­tec­tives.

– Denise S. Cahill


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