New park equipment damaged by vandals

BUNDABERG Regional Council says it is "incredibly" disappointed in the actions of vandals who spray-painted graffiti on brand new playground equipment at Boreham Park at the weekend.

Sport, Recreation and Venues portfolio spokeswoman Lynne Forgan said it was heartbreaking to see new the equipment defaced.

"The playground and exercise equipment upgrades at Boreham Park, only unveiled just over a week ago, were intended to be enjoyed by the entire community," Cr Forgan said.

"The upgrades by Medicare Local and council were brand new and had only been operating since March 1. We're incredibly upset and disappointed by these actions."

What's the answer to stopping graffiti?

This poll ended on 11 March 2014.

Current Results

Offenders need to be given tougher fines and prison terms

50%

Offenders should be made to clean it up themselves

34%

It's up to parents to warn their children not to break the law

2%

Encourage alternatives like legal graffiti walls

14%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Cr Forgan said police were alerted to the vandalism early Saturday morning and were investigating.

Health and Regulatory Spokesman Wayne Honor said the council's maintenance crews had since removed the graffiti from the park equipment.

"Crews spent several hours using anti-graffiti gel and high pressure water to remove the graffiti tags from the playground equipment. They'll also be removing graffiti from a nearby toilet block later this week," Cr Honor said.

"This kind of behaviour is not only anti-social but it is incredibly expensive for ratepayers. The money that Council spends on removing graffiti and tagging vandalism could be better spent on projects that will enhance our communities like parks, walk ways and improved roads."

Cr Honor said the council last year partnered with the State Government's GraffitiSTOP initiative to combat such actions.

"Under the initiative, all incidents that are provided to GraffitiSTOP will be removed within seven days. We're confident that this rapid zero tolerance approach will make offenders think twice and to stop targeting areas across the region," he said.

Anyone with information regarding vandalism in their area can report it to GraffitiSTOP on 1300 Graffiti 1300 472 334.

Residents are urged to contact Council's 1300 883 699 after-hours number to report graffiti on the weekends.



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