The Arncliffe War Memorial has been vandalised in the lead up to Anzac Day.
Bayside mayor Bill Saravinovski described the vandalism as “abhorrent” and said all measures are being taken to repair the damage in time for Anzac Day services.
The damage was discovered earlier this week and the council has now installed CCTV cameras to monitor the site.
“Council staff were devastated to discover the Arncliffe War Memorial had been vandalised in the lead up to Anzac Day,” he said.
“This abhorrent behaviour targeting a memorial to our ANZAC heroes comes at a considerable cost to our community and Council.
“The money that will be spent repairing the damage to this memorial is money that could have been spent on improvements to benefit the community,” Cr Saravinovski said.
“Council staff are working to repair the damage and ensure the memorial is ready for local ANZAC services.”
The Arncliffe War Memorial is dedicated to Australian servicemen and women who have served in all wars and conflict.
The memorial is a black column mounted on a three-tiered sandstone base and carries the insignia of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Military Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Bayside Council has installed CCTV cameras in the area and is working closely with the police to investigate the matter.
Anyone with any information is asked to report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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