Rain culls teddy bears on fence

North Coast Weekender - - News - Laura Pond

RAIN has led to the re­moval of more than 100 toys from Wanneroo’s pop­u­lar ‘teddy bear fence’.

About 150 toys re­main at­tached to the fence on Lenore and High roads, which has grown from a col­lec­tion of about 50 nine months ago.

City of Wanneroo as­sets di­rec­tor Har­min­der Singh said staff in­spected the ted­dies last Fri­day, June 23.

“Fol­low­ing on from sig­nif­i­cant rain, a num­ber of the toys at­tached to the fence were found to be split­ting/show­ing signs of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and were there­fore re­moved,” he said.

“Sev­eral bears had split due to be­ing wa­ter­logged, re­sult­ing in the spread of their in­ter­nal stuff­ing around the area.”

In Au­gust last year, the City re­quested re­moval of the toys but later re­versed its de­ci­sion while it con­sid­ered al­ter­nate lo­ca­tions.

Mr Singh said the site would be mon­i­tored.

“While the City is con­tin­u­ing to con­sider the long-term man­age­ment of the teddy bears at this site, pe­ri­odic in­spec­tions and re­moval of any dam­aged bears will con­tinue to elim­i­nate the risk to lo­cal wildlife in the ad­ja­cent con­ser­va­tion re­serve as well as lit­ter­ing is­sues in the area,” he said.

“Any long-term ac­tion will be sub­ject to com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.”

Some of the toys along the fence on High Road.

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