Vandals strike again at Anzac Park

Burdekin Shire Council has again been left to clean up the mess after vandals destroyed the rotunda at Anzac Park, Ayr last night.

The decorative timber palings on the heritage-inspired rotunda have been targeted by vandals numerous times, but this latest attack is the most severe.

Burdekin Shire Council Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said in previous attacks only a few timber palings had been kicked out and were replaced, but this time almost half of the palings had been destroyed.

“This morning our Parks and Gardens staff collected more than 50 palings that had been forcibly removed from the rotunda,” he said.

“In the past we have simply repaired the damage, but this time we will investigate a more permanent and vandal-proof solution to hopefully avoid a similar incident but also retain the heritage look of the rotunda.”

Mr Saldumbide said Council was currently reviewing surveillance footage captured during the vandal attack and had contacted CrimeStoppers to report the incident.

“I urge anyone who saw this crime or may have any information about it to make a report to CrimeStoppers,” he said.

“Vandals are destroying our shared public spaces and this impacts on ratepayers as Council then has to spend their money to repair the damage.

“It’s extremely disappointing that people show such disrespect for public property, and Burdekin ratepayers.

“This attack occurred in broad daylight around 5.20pm Wednesday afternoon so it shows what little regard these people have for those left with the clean-up bill.

“We recently had a request to install soap dispensers in our public toilets and whilst this is a very reasonable request the reality is that they last about two days before being smashed off the walls.

“In the past month Council has spent $5000 replacing shade sails above Anzac Park All Abilities Playground after vandals destroyed them by slashing and burning the fabric.

“We’re dealing with similar vandalism at Home Hill parks too. Everyone in our community can help combat the problem and protect our public spaces by reporting any incidents to CrimeStoppers immediately.”

Contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or create a report online.

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