Burdekin Shire Council employees were disgusted to find broken glass and rubbish strewn across Ayr’s ANZAC Park All Abilities Playground on Saturday morning.
Mayor Bill Lowis said parks and garden staff closed the facility while they cleaned the glass from the sand and pathways in the popular playground.
“It is really disappointing that people would use a children’s playground to have a party and leave broken glass all over the place,” he said.
“It took three council employees over an hour to clean up the mess and ensure it was safe for children to use.
“Fortunately Council has been able to download CCTV footage of the offenders and this will be given to police.
“I really don’t understand how smashing bottles is fun, but it is this sort of activity that costs our ratepayers.
“Last year Council spent more than $32,000 on fixing areas that had been vandalised – that’s $615 a week.”
Cr Lowis urged residents to report any suspicious activities.
“If we, as a community, report these sorts of activities then we can reduce the cost of vandalism to the Shire,” he said.
“In many cases, someone has either seen something suspicious or heard about it.
“We need this information passed on so the perpetrators can be caught and brought before the courts.
“Our community needs to act and show these sorts of offenders that this behaviour will not be tolerated in our Shire.”
A reward of up to $5000 is offered for information which leads to the successful prosecution of vandals. Residents can pass on information about vandalism by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Anonymity is guaranteed.