Gympie Regional Council CBD Parks and Gardens foreman Garry Shipp maintains the hedges along the edge of Memorial Park and River Road.
Gympie Regional Council CBD Parks and Gardens foreman Garry Shipp maintains the hedges along the edge of Memorial Park and River Road. Renee Pilcher

Vandals damage hedges

GYMPIE’S CBD parks and gardens foreman Garry Shipp is proud of his job and his town.

Which is why he would be bitterly disappointed that some members of the community have trampled on years of hard work.

The hedges lining Memorial Park along River Road and the garden in the middle of the two main roundabouts are beautiful displays of colour, admired by residents and visitors for their arrangement and shape.

Unfortunately, vandals have tore through the hedges and snapped off branches, leaving many gaping big holes that are expected to take quite some time to recover.

It has taken about 10 years to fully establish the plants and for Council’s garden and parks small crew of three who look after the CBD and Albert Park, that has been a significant amount of time and effort.

Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne asked the community to remember that our parks and gardens were part of our much-valued regional community assets.

“When this infrastructure is damaged deliberately it is not only disappointing to residents and ratepayers but to Council as well,” he said.

“Council dedicates significant resources to ensure that the region’s best appearance is presented for residents and visitors alike. Incidences of recent damage to some of Council’s hedges, gardens and public conveniences have meant Council’s parks and gardens staff has had to devote their time to repairing this damage. This has the potential to impact on the work they have scheduled to improve and maintain other public places and infrastructure.

“It also means that ratepayer dollars are being spent in the most efficient manner.”

Cr Dyne asked residents who observed acts of vandalism to note where they occurred and report it.

“I encourage them to contact Council to take action or call police.”

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