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Prime Ministers’ Busts Vandalised

Prime Ministers' Walk. Ballarat Botanical Gardens. eCommunity Press file photo.

Two bronze Prime Ministers’ busts along the City’s Prime Minister’s Avenue in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens were vandalised some time last week.

The busts of former Prime Ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard were defaced with red paint and disrespectful messaging early Saturday morning, despite additional security in place.

“Our City does not condone any form of graffiti or vandalism on its public assets, regardless of people’s beliefs or rising public sentiment, and I am certain our residents will be equally as disgusted by these actions,” said acting CEO Janet Dore.

City of Ballarat staff have covered the statues and fenced off the area. A conservator will assess the damage on Monday.

The busts (currently 28) are displayed as bronze portraits mounted on polished granite pedestals and attract  thousands of visitors annually.[

Members of the public with any information are encouraged to contact Police.