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Damage to Parks and Wildlife fire tower

Bullet hole through window of fire tower
Bullet hole through window of fire tower Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has carried out extensive repairs to a vandalised fire tower in the south-west.

The 20m-high Collins lookout tower, located between Ellensbrook House near Margaret River and Gracetown, is used for early detection of bushfires.

Parks and Wildlife operations officer Deborah Peachey said a bullet had been shot through one of the tower windows.

“The whole pane of glass has had to be replaced,” Ms Peachey said.

“The perimeter fence around the tower was damaged and, disturbingly, the access trapdoor into the cabin and its lock was wrecked.

“Someone has climbed 20 metres up the ladder to damage the trapdoor, which was a dangerous thing to do.”

Ms Peachey said the tower, which was completely rebuilt in 2013, had been repaired and was ready for the upcoming bushfire season.

Anyone with information about damage to fire towers is asked to contact the Parks and Wildlife Busselton office on 9752 5555 or to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.

Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999