Over $2000 worth of damage has been caused to Balonne Shire Council property over recent weeks.
Over $2000 worth of damage has been caused to Balonne Shire Council property over recent weeks. Balonne Shire Council

Vandals go on $2000 damage spree

GATES have been broken, synthetic grass burnt, plants ripped out and a door destroyed as vandals went on a $2000 damage spree in St George.

Council workers discovered the "senseless” damage when they returned to work on Monday.

"It's extremely disappointing that individuals in this community go out of their way to destroy public property,” Balonne Shire Council Mayor Richard Marsh said.

"Police are reviewing CCTV footage and will increase patrols to try to prevent more of this disgraceful behaviour.

"Vandalism impacts our entire community and ultimately it's our ratepayers that end up paying for the damage to be repaired.”

Vandals targeted recently landscaped areas near the canoe ramp, with grass trees and grasses torn from the ground and thrown around.

Council workers were able to replant most of the plants.

"Council's parks team works hard to keep St George looking great for our residents and visitors, and this vandalism is a slap in the face to them and their work,” Cr Marsh said.

"The vandals also targeted the new Rowden Park playground, garden beds in Grey St, and the male toilets at the rear of St George Caravan Park.”

Cr Marsh urges anyone with information on the vandalism to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police in 131 444.

"Let's show these vandals that our community will not tolerate this behaviour.”


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