Inventive vandalism shuts loos

“INVENTIVE” inner-Gympie vandals will have only themselves to blame if they are picked up by police for urinating in public, now that repeated attacks have forced the night-time closure of the Nelson Reserve public toilets.

Gympie Regional Council yesterday adopted a committee recommendation that the toilets be closed after 7.30pm.

Council also adopted a recommendation to reject plans to ban or regulate smoking in public.

A $7500 grant to the Kandanga Hall for waste water treatment and early morning patrols to detect illegal camping at Rainbow Beach were also among issues addressed by councillors yesterday.

Community and Economic Development Committee chairman Tony Perrett reported to council on his committee’s recommendations, which were all endorsed by the general meeting.

Cr Perrett told the meeting that the public toilets at Nelson Reserve had been the subject of ongoing vandalism, despite the toilets being “a relatively new facility of modern design and fitted out to be as vandal-proof as possible.”

“The local vandals, being as inventive as they are, have devised new ways to degrade and damage the facility,” he said.

Council rejected a Queensland Cancer Council request to regulate smoking in public and moved for local law enforcement at Rainbow Beach to include regular early patrols against illegal camping, especially in Laurie Hanson Park.

Gympie Times

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