Central Highlands Regional Council is disappointed to report a rise in senseless vandalism to council facilities racking up unnecessary expenditure and creating safety concerns.
The retaining wall along John Gay Bridge has again been torn apart on Tuesday 28 September, causing stones and concrete to cut off the path.
‘Due to the angle of the path, cyclists and other path users could not see this damage making it an accident waiting to happen,’ Acting General Manager Infrastructure & Utilities Jason Hoolihan said.
‘This particular retaining wall is commercially designed and has been used in other locations without issue.’
‘While nothing is vandal-proof, we have commenced investigating a more robust design to mitigate against damages in the future.’
The retaining wall joins a long list of more than 35 vandalism reports in 2021 causing excess expenses for both council and community groups.
This month alone, Rundle Park, Emerald Botanic Gardens, Lions Park, Morton Park and the BMX tracks received damage reports.
Rangers have also had more than half their magpie warning signage stolen in the last year.
‘The ongoing damage to our region is disheartening and frustrating to our staff who have to constantly clean up after vandals instead of using their time to add further benefits to our region,’ Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Parker said.
‘It is sad to see people go out of their way to cause damage to our community, and we encourage anyone with information to contact council or police.’ Anyone with information should either contact council on 1300 242 686 or the Queensland Police on 131 444.