Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin has condemned the flagrant actions of thieves after a statue was stolen from the Home Hill Comfort Stop less than 12 months after it was installed.
The metal statue of a lizard, which formerly sat atop a decorative rock, was reported missing by Council’s Parks and Gardens officers earlier this month.
It is not known exactly when the statue was taken.
Cr McLaughlin said the thieves had gone to considerable lengths to steal the artwork.
“This statue, which was only installed in September last year, was secured by bolts, pins and construction-grade glue. It would not have been an easy item to dislodge,” she said.
“What we are looking at is not a flippant act or a crime of opportunity – it was an intentional act that would have required considerable effort.
“It beggars belief why someone would feel so entitled to steal something that was intended for the benefit of the whole community and visitors.
“I am absolutely disgusted by this deplorable act.”
Cr McLaughlin said the brazen theft would cost Council more than $2,000.
“The police have been notified and I encourage anyone who may have any information about what occurred to come forward.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Link on 131 444.