Gympie First World War shed vandalised

A GYMPIE First World War relic about to be restored as a Victory Heights Recreational Trails rest area was targeted by vandals on Wednesday.

Cooloola Trail Care Alliance president Brent Williams said the damage to a shed, once part of Gympie's old rifle range during the war, was discovered on Thursday afternoon.

"It is thoughtless and you get a bit over it," he said.

Mr Williams said the vandalism was one of a string of incidents of people doing the wrong thing out at the Victory Heights trails.

In recent months, motorbike riders took to the tracks in the wet, leaving a significant repair job.

The trails have been an embraced asset, offering a 12km multi-use track for walkers, horse riders and cyclists in addition to another 9km trail dedicated to mountain bikes.

And while most people have done the right thing, Wednesday's vandals smashed the fragile shed in its secluded location.

Walls were broken down while lumps of hardwood were used to attack the structure from all angles.

Forensic experts were on the scene yesterday investigating, and Mr McLaughlin was hopeful those responsible would be caught.

"There is a real heritage value to the shed," he said.

"It's part of our history and this vandalism is wilful damage."

The vandalism is a blow for the alliance, but also for Gympie Flexible Learning Centre, part of the Edmund Rice Education Australia network.

Students from the school are about to convert the shed to a rest area, with work starting on August 24.

The work is going ahead, but will take double the time and cost twice as much. Gympie Regional Council is providing materials and the alliance organising a local builder for mentorship.

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 if you have any information on the vandalism.

 

Gympie Times


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