Vandals have stolen a bright yellow child lock gate from the ANZAC Park All Abilities Playground at the weekend (Nov 8/9).
Mayor Bill Lowis said this was the latest in a spate of attacks on park gates.
“Council employees discovered the gate near the barbecue facility was missing on Saturday,” he said.
“Whoever took it has snapped the hinges leaving the park open.
“Council employees did a search around the area on Saturday, but were not able to find it.
“This is a heavy duty gate that was made from box section and pipe steel – so if you see it anywhere, please contact Council.
“Council will have a new gate on the playground tomorrow.”
Cr Lowis said the gates at the Alva Beach children’s playground and Home Hill’s Arch Dunn Park also had been recently vandalised.
“The gate at the Alva Beach playground was stolen and the latch at Arch Dunn was broken,” he said.
“This sort of senseless vandalism impacts on our ratepayers because it’s their hard-earned money that ends up covering the cost of repairs and replacements.
“Last year we spent more than $32,000 fixing areas that had been vandalised – that’s money that could be used elsewhere to benefit our community.”
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 vandals their behaviour will not be tolerated in our Shire.”
CrimeStoppers offers rewards for information that leads to the successful prosecution of vandals. Residents can pass on information about vandalism by calling CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. Anonymity is guaranteed.