DAMAGED protective bollards at the Warrnambool police station are being replaced with an environmentally-friendly alternative.
Three massive boulders from the Grassmere district were hauled into place by crane yesterday afternoon and a new native garden area will be planted in front of the Koroit Street building.
Senior Sergeant Shane Keogh said the aim was to create a more welcoming environment, rather than looking like a scene from Belfast.
“We’re open to the community and that’s very important to us. It should be an appealing place for people to come because, let’s face it, most people who come in here have a sad story to tell one way or the other,” he said.
Senior Sergeant Keogh, who came up with the idea as a cheap and appealing solution, said other officers were jokingly referring to the area as Keogh’s garden.
He encouraged other businesses, licensed premises and industrial areas in Warrnambool to think about using a similar crime prevention treatment.
The old bollards were damaged after an irate driver drove a four-wheel-drive off the street and through the double glass doors into the station’s foyer in late June.
Glenn Shalders, 41, of Mortlake Road, Warrnambool, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to eight charges.