Vandals use blade to wreck new-look park days after opening
VANDALS wasted no time before defacing brand new equipment at a Hervey Bay park.
Words have been carved into the musically-themed play area which was added to the existing Dayman Park playground as part of a $100,000 makeover by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
The new equipment was opened to the public on Friday afternoon but by Monday morning disappointed parents had taken to Facebook to inform council of the damage.
Booral residents Jenny and Aimee Wood were among the families using the park.
The pair took 18-month-old Mason to the park specifically to explore the new equipment.
"I'm not impressed but unfortunately I don't expect anything less from Hervey Bay teens," Jenny Wood said.
The council is facing an ongoing challenge in protecting new facilities from damage.
Last month 15 bus stops in Hervey Bay and Maryborough were upgraded to provide better access for people with disabilities and provide more protection from the weather.
Two of the bus stops were damaged within hours of the work being completed.
Toilet blocks on the esplanade are also regularly targeted.
Councilor Zane O'Keefe said it was disappointing that the recently installed park equipment has been vandalised.
"I urge residents who see people vandalising park equipment, or any Council facilities, to call the Council call centre on 1300 79 49 29 to report it, no matter the time of day," he said.
"Vandalism of any kind costs all ratepayers as Council has to foot the bill to fix the broken equipment; money that that could have been used to provide other facilities across the region."