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Vandals target parks and gardens in St George

Vandals have ripped out plants, burnt synthetic grass, broken gates and destroyed a toilet door in St George at the weekend.  

Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh said the senseless damage, costing up to $2000, was discovered by Council officers on their return to work on Monday.

“It’s extremely disappointing that individuals in this community go out of their way to destroy public property,” he 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.”

Cr Marsh said newly landscaped areas near the canoe ramp had been targeted with grass trees and grasses being torn from the ground and thrown around the area.

“Fortunately officers were able to find and replant most of the plants,” he said.

“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.

“The vandals also targeted the new Rowden Park playground, garden beds in Grey Street and the male public facilities at the rear of the St George Caravan Park.

“I urge anyone with any information on who is responsible for this damage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or the Police on 131 444.

“Let’s show these vandals that our community will not tolerate this behaviour.”