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Reward offered after "senseless vandalism" of giant statue

<p>An act of vandalism that is being treated as suspicious by local police has seen a beloved art installation destroyed in Mandurah, south of Perth.</p> <p>Described as "thoughtless and selfish" by WA Premier Mark McGowan, the brazen act has caused a flood of disbelief and anger, with police offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.</p> <p>The fire – which took place on Friday night – caused irreparable damage to Vivi Cirklestone, one of five wooden sculptures created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo and hidden throughout bushland in Mandurah, with a sixth installed in the Perth suburb of Subiaco.</p> <p>Mourners gathered to leave flowers on the charred wreck of the popular sculpture, which is one of a handful of “protectors of the environment” built in the region as part of a cultural tourism project.</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="" width="500" height="792" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">“The circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire are being treated as suspicious,” WA Police said in a statement. </span><span style="font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">Mandurah Detectives and the Arson Squad are now working to find what sparked the fire that razed the installation.</span></p> <p>Police also stated that an image doing the rounds on social media that showed the sculpture on fire had been accounted for and was not what it first appeared to many.</p> <p>“The photograph that’s been distributed on social media actually was taken by the person who reported the fire to DFES and the person in the footage is one of his mates,” acting inspector Tom Tristram said.</p> <p>The Giants of Mandurah took Danish artist Thomas Dambo hundreds of hours to complete and were launched in November as a free Australian-first exhibition.</p> <p>“Me and my crew are obviously super sad to hear this news,” Dambo said. </p> <p>“I feel it is probably done by a troubled person and is not the feeling of the general population”.</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan also weighed in on the incident, saying that he “hopes whoever is behind this thoughtless and selfish behaviour at some point reflects on the sadness they have caused, especially so close to Christmas."</p> <p>“The sculptures aren’t just works of art, they are meant to be positive and fun attractions for families not just in Mandurah but across Perth and beyond. This is senseless vandalism. That’s all it is. And the victim isn’t just the artist but the community as well.“</p> <p><em>Images: Facebook / Courtesy of Visit Mandurah</em></p>


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Over60 catch-ups in Mandurah growing in popularity

<p>Did you know you can meet up with fellow over-60s in real life? Over60 recently launched <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">Over60s Catch-ups</a></strong></span>, a section on our website where you can create events in your local area to meet up with others and make new friends.</p> <p>The Over60 catch-ups in Western Australia’s retirement destination of Mandurah have become so popular there are now two regular coffee catch-ups to choose from: Monday or Saturday.</p> <p>Nancy Knox, the organiser of both catch-ups, says the two groups naturally came about as people has different interests.</p> <p>“The Monday group is mainly ladies who are happy to catch up over lunch and have a chat. They’re not looking for commitment, it’s a come and go as you like,” says Nancy.</p> <p>“The Saturday group is entirely different, they’re more outgoing and the kind of group who wants to do other things [besides a coffee catch up], like movies, dinner – they’re into everything.”</p> <p>So whatever you’re after, you’re sure to find it. Nancy encourages all interested over-60s to come along.</p> <p>“I think it is very important to make new friends in older age,” she says, noting that many of the attendees are single or divorced. “It’s good to have a group of friends to rely on,” she says.</p> <p>But even Nancy, who spend a lot of time with her husband and family, says that it’s great to have something that’s your own.</p> <p>“Sometimes I need a distraction and need to do something on my own, so that’s why I was looking for a group,” she says.</p> <p><strong>The next Catch-ups are:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>11am, Saturday 3 September at Tree of Life Café, 31 Sholl Street, Mandurah. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">Click here</a></span> to RSVP.</strong></li> <li><strong>12pm, Monday 5 September at Tree of Life Café, 31 Sholl Street, Mandurah. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">Click here</a></span> to RSVP.</strong></li> </ul> <p><em>To find more catch-ups visit the <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Over60 Catch-ups page.</strong></span></a></em></p> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="">Over60 Catch-ups are bringing people together</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="">5 websites to help you make friends</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="">6 ways to make friends when you’re 60-plus</a></em></strong></span></p>


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Over60 Catch-ups are a great way to make new friends

<p>Did you know Over60 recently launched a <a href="/catch-ups/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Catch-up section</span></strong></a>, a place where anyone from the Over60 community can organise a catch-up in their area or look for events coming up near them? It’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends with fellow Over60 members.</p> <p>Over60 community member Nancy Knox organised her first catch-up in Mandurah in Western Australia recently.</p> <p>“Our first catch-up was attended by six ladies and one very nice gentleman aged 84 (he looked 64!),” says Nancy, adding, “As this was the first catch up we found out if we lived locally and a little bit about each other.”</p> <p>Nancy is looking forward to making the catch-up a regular meeting, with the second catch-up already scheduled for Monday 11 July. She encourages any over-60s looking to meet new people of a similar age to come along.</p> <p>“If you are new to the area and want to meet a new group, or just want a chat and a coffee with a group of friendly new faces, you are more than welcome to join us,” she says.</p> <p><strong>The next Over60 Catch-up in Mandurah, Western Australia is on Monday July 11. Meet at 10.30am at the Tree of Life Cafe, 31 Sholl Street, Mandurah.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more information and to RSVP please visit the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/event/?Event=34" target="_blank">Over60 Catch-up page.</a></span></strong></p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/news/news/2016/05/why-you-should-organise-an-over60-catch-up/">Over60 Catch-ups are bringing people together</a></span></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/lifestyle/relationships/2016/03/websites-to-help-you-make-friends/">5 websites to help you make friends</a></span></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/health/caring/2016/04/ways-to-make-friends-when-youre-60-plus/">6 ways to make friends when you’re 60-plus</a></span></em></strong></p>


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