Shire of Yarra Ranges and Drinking Fountains

After talking with Brad Martin about drinking fountains within the Shire of Yarra Ranges here is what I found out.

Contractors are used for carrying out maintenance of drinking fountains. The locations are wide spread from sporting grounds, play grounds, parks and other recreational areas. Wide spread through out the shire not just in the more urban areas closer towards the city.

Vandalism of drinking fountains information is categorized with general vandalism, the most common is graffiti, and this occurs in drinking fountains too. It’s a daily event being more frequent in summer with the longer nights. It an infrequent event where some times there are lots and some times little so there is no predictability. It’s cleaned up weekly as soon as it’s reported or spotted by the shire.

Generally when toilets, playgrounds and other public products and faculties are being vandalized it’s a serious event causing significant damaged and nothing is repair only replaced. It costs the shire $200,000 – $300,000 a year to clean and replace after vandalism and much of this is done with volunteer groups so the shires money isn’t wasted on clean up, there is also money from the government for assistance.

Damage is wide spread though there is more within the urban areas, and closer toward the railways.  It is less frequent further out.

Conclusions are the damaged to the fountain is to such an extent where the whole thing needs to be replaced. It’s more frequent within the urban environment.


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