Burnett Heads Port Neighbourhood Watch area co-ordinator Allan Parnell is frustrated that vandalism may force the closure of public toilets at night in Burnett Heads and the surrounding areas.
Burnett Heads Port Neighbourhood Watch area co-ordinator Allan Parnell is frustrated that vandalism may force the closure of public toilets at night in Burnett Heads and the surrounding areas. Max Fleet

Vandals target Burnett toilets

PERSISTENT vandalism at toilet blocks in Burnett Heads has the Bundaberg Regional Council searching for ways to stop the damage and still provide an amenity to the community.

The damage, mostly smashed toilet pedestals and fires lit in bins, is costing the council thousands of dollars and hours of time by council workers who have to repair the toilet blocks.

Division Six councillor Danny Rowleson said the damage was similar to what was happening in other coastal towns in the region.

“The level of vandalism has grown in the past few years,” he said.

“What we've had to do is install steel gates at the toilet blocks with the view to having them locked at night.”

Cr Rowleson said getting a security company to lock the gates every night and unlock them in the morning was proving too expensive, so the council was turning to community organisations for help.

“We've been working closely with the community to provide an alternative to the security companies,” he said.

“We now hope we can provide a service to lock the toilet blocks at night.”

Cr Rowleson said he hoped to bring a proposal to the council soon that would provide a solution.

He said he had been talking to the local SES and Neighbourhood Watch about paying them a small fee to lock and unlock the steel gates.

Cr Rowleson said it was a win for the council because it would protect their assets, and a win for the community groups because the money would help them with their activities.

Burnett Heads neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Allan Parnell said it was frustrating the vandalism would mean people in the community could not use the toilet blocks at night.

He said the vandalism was “the mindless stuff you see a lot of”.

“I'm at a loss to understand why people do something like that,” he said.

“Why would people choose to spend their leisure time in a toilet?

“I assume it's young people doing it.”



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