Rage against the cage
Monday, 2nd February, 2015
By Erica Visser
Youths playing in Duff Street Park at all hours of the night have sparked a wave of rage against the cage.
A group of nearby residents said they had endured months of disrupted sleep as late night park-goers loudly kick soccer balls into the multi-purpose sporting facility, known as a “rage cage”.
One Knox Lane resident, who wished to remain anonymous over concerns for his safety, said that the banging would start at around 10pm each night and go on until the early hours of the morning.
The man said he had approached police and City Council, which owned the park, to intervene but the matter had been handballed between them.
“It starts every night, ‘bang, bang, bang’ at the rage cage and goes on until around two in the morning,” he said.
“The police don’t seem to want to respond to anything to do with it and say it’s up to Council,” the disgruntled resident said.
“Council claims flatly it’s a police enforcement issue. We’re between the devil and the deep blue sea.
“None of us want to approach these kids. If ‘Joe Blow’ walks across the road and has a go at them will he end up with his house burnt down?”
But Barrier LAC crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said police were more than happy to attend to trouble.
“As far as I’m concerned if there’s people having trouble with hoodlums of any age in their area, whether it be causing damage or making noise, we like to be made aware,” DI Stoltenberg said.
“We like to know the places that we can target for anti-social behaviour. It doesn’t matter where it is in town.”
Council’s deputy general manager Sharon Hutch said it was willing to look into ways to rectify the problem.
“It is unfortunate that neighbours are being disturbed late into the night and early morning with use of the rage cage; that was not its intended purpose,” Ms Hutch said.
“We will look at options to try and get an outcome that supports both residents and users. With any public facility it is important users take into account neighbours in the area and use facilities at appropriate times.”