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Broome’s month-old Town Beach air raid 80th anniversary tribute artwork vandalised

Cain AndrewsBroome Advertiser
The up-lights at the new Broome bombing memorial have been smashed in by vandals.
Camera IconThe up-lights at the new Broome bombing memorial have been smashed in by vandals. Credit: Cain Andrews/Broome Advertiser

Just a month after it was unveiled, the Broome air raid 80th anniversary artwork at Town Beach has been vandalised.

The “9 Zeros — 9 Stories” artwork commissioned by the Shire of Broome to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Broome air raids was unveiled on March 3.

The nine aluminium figures positioned near the entrance to the new Town Beach Jetty, stand less than two kilometres from and looking out to the site of the wreck of the Catalina FV-N.

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To make the stories engraved on each statue readable at night, up-lights were installed under each statue.

The up-lights at the new Broome bombing memorial smashed by vandals.
Camera IconThe up-lights at the new Broome bombing memorial smashed by vandals. Credit: Cain Andrews/Broome Advertiser

Shire of Broome President Harold Tracey said the shire was frustrated and annoyed at the needless vandalism of the new artwork at Town Beach.

“The artwork marks such a poignant occasion in our town’s history and as such the fact that someone has taken it upon themselves to do this is so disappointing,” he said.

Anyone who witnessed the vandalism of the artwork is urged to contact Broome Police.

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