Vandals target Christmas Cows

Greater Shepparton City Council is disappointed to report another incident on the Moooving Art Christmas installation over the weekend.

The three Cows positioned on Victoria Park Lake were discovered vandalised on their first night on display and now damaged again after being on location for less than a week.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Councillor Kim O’Keeffe said it was an upsetting and terrible act.

“This is an unsettling loss for the community, our Moooving Art Cows are an iconic feature for the region and more so the Christmas Cows who only feature during the festive season, bringing lots of joy to families and friends who visit the lake precinct,” Cr O’Keeffe said.

“Our community takes great pride in keeping our region looking spectacular, it is incredibly disappointing seeing these acts during this festive time.”

The yellow Christmas Cow has been removed from the lake for repairs, leaving only two cows with Santa’s sleigh at Victoria Park Lake. Council officers are looking at alternative sites to position the cows for the benefit of the community and the Christmas herd.

This is not the first time the Christmas cows have been targeted by public vandalism and theft, which comes at a cost to the community.

“It is a shame our Christmas Cows become heavily targeted and the repairs all come at a cost to our community, with an estimated cost of $1,000 for this incident,” Cr O’Keeffe said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Shepparton Police on 5820 5777.

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