Just a day after the welcoming of 2015, a local resident stumbled across barbed wire tacks in Edinburgh Gardens, a busy inner city Melbourne park. The UMS Grounds and Open Space team assisted Yarra City Council by removing in excess of 600 tacks from the park.
The tacks were the size of a 10 cent piece and appeared to be hand-cut from barbed wire. They had multiple spikes that could easily penetrate and injure park users.
Given the high park user rates during the summer school holiday period, Council and UMS responded with great urgency to manage this public risk. Council alerted the public and advised people who were cycling, exercising pets and enjoying the playground with their children, to be extra cautious.
A large proportion of the tacks were retrieved from the 24 hectare park by the UMS team’s effort in both manually searching and also using innovative high powered magnet sweepers to pick up the tacks that were embedded in mulch and grassy areas. The majority of the tacks were found along walking and cycling paths, near children’s play equipment and around trees.
The joint, partnered response to this crisis reinforced Council’s commitment to providing a safe place for the local Yarra community, with the UMS Grounds and Open Spaces Team as their “Safe, Trusted, Expert”.
Acting CEO of Yarra City Council, Ivan Gilbert, expresses his appreciation:
“I [would like to] express the sincere gratitude of the [Yarra City Council] Executive team on [UMS’] work efforts and commitment to the incident recovery phase regarding the removal of tacks found in Edinburgh Gardens… I have been advised that [UMS] has been very proactive and dedicated to this important recovery task on behalf of the Council and the community. Clearly, this has been a major task for the organisation and one that has required a great deal of individual and team effort to work towards clearing the park of these items…It is greatly appreciated.”
Ivan Gilbert Acting CEO of Yarra City Council