Shocking vandalism to highly historic and State heritage significant site
Authorities are shocked following the deliberate and destructive vandalism to the Banks Memorial Seat monument in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in Southern Sydney.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Andres Bianchi said NPWS is appealing to the public for information to find those responsible for this blatant attack of vandalism.
“The monument was severely damaged on the evening of Saturday 1 April due to a large bonfire,” Mr Bianchi said.
“The vandalism has caused significant damage to the seating and flooring of this important historical monument.
“The estimated repair works are expected to cost in excess of $10,000 as the monument is made of trachyte stone, a special volcanic rock, which is very expensive and limited in supply.
“The Banks Memorial Seat is one of a number of significant monuments at Kurnell on the southern side of Kamay Botany Bay National Park including the Solander and James Cook monuments.
“These highly historical items are significant to all Australians as they are associated with the place where the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia began.
“The Banks Memorial Seat commemorates the botanist Sir Joseph Banks who accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyage to Australia in the Endeavour in 1770.
“This vandalism is a criminal offence and takes time and taxpayer money away from other critical park work.
“People with any information regarding the vandalism are urged to call NPWS or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Mr Bianchi said.
Photos for media: Vandalism to Banks Memorial Seat