Ratepayers to foot vandalism bill
VANDALS have cost Gympie region ratepayers more than $10,000 in damages when they drove over and ripped out every sign on Cooloola Way sometime this week.
And Gympie region Works and Services Committee chair Cr Larry Friske wants residents to “dob in a dill” or a vandal.
He said the only way for council to recoup some of the costs of replacing the signs was to catch those responsible.
Signs knocked to the ground had been cemented in and include road hazard, direction and street signs.
One large sign that warned motorists driving on Cooloola Way that it was an unmaintained road, had tyre marks on it suggesting the vandals had done burnouts over it.
In all, more than 12 signs along the road, which runs in between Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach Road, were damaged.
Cr Friske said he didn’t know why the vandals targeted the road but it might have been a local with a gripe.
“It’s not the mindless vandalism you see in other places. It was very deliberate, they’ve targeted everything in one area. Clearly they are trying to send some sort of message to someone,” he said.
“I’d like to give them a suitably blunt message as they’ve given us. A fair bit of effort has gone into what they’ve done. They’ve really gone out of their way to take out the big signs.”
Cr Friske said from tyre tracks it appeared one big off-road vehicle was used, probably with a bull bar and maybe with a high lift kit.
“If they’re just having fun, it’s been fairly expensive fun.”
The damage has been reported to police.
Cr Friske is asking anyone who saw or heard anything about the vandalism that would assist police in catching the culprits to come forward and telephone Gympie Police on 5480 1111.