RSL sub-branch to bear $2000 cost after statue vandalised

HERVEY Bay RSL Sub-Branch president John Kelsey says it will cost the group $2000 to repair the damage done to the light horseman statue in Pialba's Freedom Park after the vandal who broke the sword off the monument was let off with a police caution.

Mr Kelsey said his phone had been ringing constantly since news of the damage went public and he said he was disgusted that the 14-year-old who did the damage was only cautioned.

Police confirmed on Wednesday the young vandal would not have to provide restitution for the damage.

The race is now on for repair work to be completed ahead of Anzac Day centenary commemorations later this month.

Mr Kelsey said the foundry that created the statue had cleared its schedule in order to assist the sub-branch with the creation of a new sword before April 25.

He said the $2000 cost would have to be worn by the sub-branch was there was no time to fundraise.

Mr Kelsey said it wasn't just the sub-branch but the region that had been devastated by the damage done to the statue as it was the community that had fundraised to enable the creation of the statue in the first place.

"This is the community money of Hervey Bay," he said.

"There should be restitution."