So it’s obvious by now that the City of Yarra had a reasonable idea of what was coming, but it was fundamentally unprepared to deal with it. Providing more bins and toilets does not make morons behave once the mob mentality takes over. It doesn’t make the space safe. Council did nothing to make the space safe, such as by providing temporary lighting or ensuring that paths were kept clear so they could be used by emergency services staff.
The police should also have had an idea of what was coming but left the park significantly under policed. I don’t want people engaging in harmless activities like consuming drugs arrested, but I expect that criminal damage will be dealt with efficiently and the worst excesses, such as the playground being used as a toilet, stopped immediately. The police were also negligent, but nonetheless reportedly criticised the City of Yarra while excusing their own behaviour. The Fitzroy police probably just wandered through the crowd selling ice…
The employees who carried out the cleanup deserve praise for their work.
Wow. Well done, Yarra Council. Edinburgh Gardens, trashed at 3am. Perfect at 5pm. pic.twitter.com/JXlJXQQjC5
— Paige X. Cho (@paigexc) January 1, 2014
Some commenters inexplicably linked the criminal behaviour in the park with party politics and the Green voting preference of the federal electorate containing the park, as if only locals attended the event in the park. The man who was punched in the face was from Noble Park. It is plausible to suggest that that most people who attended the party came from outside the City of Yarra.
— Blair (@BabiesGunsJesus) January 1, 2014
— Allan Kleiman (@allankmelb) January 1, 2014
Wonder how many of Melbourne's loony Greens partied & left the filth at Edinburgh Gardens last night #justwondering
— PamelaH (@53pamela) January 1, 2014
Others blamed NIMBY suburbans who have moved to the inner city for rejecting so-called ‘urban culture’, which apparently includes the freedom to make a mess. The irony is that suburban visitors, not urban residents, caused the trouble. The bogans should trash their own park in Noble Park.
— doc eggbert (@doc_eggbert) January 1, 2014
There can be no excuse now in relation to new years eve…