Vandals strike during floods
WHILE most Gympie Region people chipped in cheerfully to help each other this week, a wave of deliberate damage showed the other side of human nature.
Furious Gympie Pines golf course owner Mike Towler yesterday offered a $1000 reward to anyone who can help catch the person responsible for seriously damaging one of the course’s greens.
Vandals appeared to take full advantage of the fact that police and many citizens were otherwise occupied dealing with a real crisis, according to Gympie Pines villa manager Harley Moss.
Graffiti erupted on walls from the CBD to One Mile, in addition to the more serious damage at the golf course.
“It costs $20,000 to build one of these greens and $2000 to $3000 to repair this sort of damage,” Mr Moss said, as he showed The Gympie Times the 5m scar on the green, dug out to form the outline of a penis.
Mr Towler said he was “pretty angry” that people would take advantage of disaster to hurt others.
“If someone needs $1000 and they know who did this, I hope they will go to the police.
“I’m offering the money to anyone who gives information to police leading to this person being convicted.
“People’s emotions are bound to be pretty raw at the moment and to do this sort of damage to people is absolutely woeful,” he said.
Graffiti tags have also appeared at the Quick N Easy Car and Dog Wash on the Bruce Highway, just north of the CBD.
The Lands Office building in Channon Street and numerous structures at One Mile sports fields were also targets for vandals this week.