War crime

The fight is ramping against the poorly planned freeway – and someone is shamefully fighting back in the lowest way possible – destruction.

Fremantle Herald Interactive

• Archaeologist Sue Carter with budding archaeologists Jamila, Connor, Lachy, Jasmine and Finn. Photo by Steve Grant • Archaeologist Sue Carter with budding archaeologists Jamila, Connor, Lachy, Jasmine and Finn. Photo by Steve Grant

A THIEF has damaged a heritage site in Bibra Lake just a fortnight after Cockburn council announced its existence.

Searching for artefacts at the Australian Women’s Army service camp on Hope Road, the thieves dug two holes, smashed a toilet and damaged drainage pipes, which are about all that remains at the WWII-era site.

Archaeologist Sue Carter, who discovered the damage while taking a new junior archeologist’s club through the site on the weekend, was furious.

Ms Carter says the thief has undermined legitimate research into the site, which has never before been investigated.

“It’s one of the reasons I set up the junior club,” she told the Herald. “With so much of the world’s heritage being destroyed through accidents, deliberate destruction, and even war, I feel it is important that we engage the youth…

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