July 17 2021
Aleph Melbourne condemns the senseless defacement and vandalisation of the freshly resurfaced Gardiners Creek Trail in Ashwood.
The presence of the Nazi swastika along with the accompanying words “KILL GAYS” is a chilling attack on not only Jews and gay people but on all minority groups.
It is unfortunate that a small number of people feel so insecure with themselves that they are drawn to destroy public property and peddle fear.
Sadly further public money will be required to erase this vandalism, which could have been put to better use.
Original and enhanced images of the vandalism are available at this gallery:
UPDATE – July 17, 6pm
City of Monash CEO Dr Andi Diamond advised Aleph Melbourne earlier this afternoon that a team was being dispatched to erase the vandalism
UPDATE – July 18, 11am
City of Monash attended the site of the vandalism yesterday as advised. They have covered up the swastikas with large yellow plates. The defacement is still in place, with the “KILL GAYS” wording still visible: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BmLkRNA7q1BiMPhG8
UPDATE – July 20, 7:30pm
The defacement has since been scrubbed from the concrete: