Skate park attack
THE perpetrators will be among the victims of one of Gympie's most stupid crimes, the vandalism by a few skateboarders of new council improvements to the city's skateboarding facilities.
Not only biting the hand that was feeding them, vandals bit themselves as well when they used skateboards and sticks to damage the freshly poured new surface of the Nelson Reserve skate bowl.
Gympie council parks manager Ed French said skateboard tracks and obscene drawings were part of the damage to the top layer of almost hardened concrete.
He said he stayed at the site until about 8.15pm, by which time the concrete should have gone off.
Cold weather and early shade had conspired, however, to delay final hardening of the surface and, after Mr French left, it appears waiting vandals moved in.
Council workers were yesterday confident of being able to grind off obscenities and names, which could not be allowed to remain scratched into the surface.
"But it won't be the surface we had hoped for," he said.