Melton Park vandalism repairs place hefty drain on Council

Melton Park vandalism repairs place hefty drain on Council

Published: August 22nd 2019

PERSISENT vandalism at Biloela’s Melton Park is costing Council hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Over the weekend a large number of posts which make up the fence bordering the maze were snapped off and jammed under play equipment.

This left metal brackets sticking out of the ground, presenting a hazard to children and other users of the park’s facilities.

This is the latest in a long list of attacks on the park’s facilities.

Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said over the past 12 months the park had been regularly damaged and it was becoming an almost weekly occurrence.

“Council staff has been forced to work tirelessly to repair the damage,” he said.

“It has cost Council hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair and is taking up valuable man hours to ensure the damage is cleaned up and the park is made safe for the public.”

The popular children’s maze in the park, which was constructed with the assistance of a grant from QGC, has been a frequent target.

Vandals have also damaged the toilets, the picnic shelters, tables and chairs and the playground equipment. They have ripped up the fake grass and soft fall and broken the fence panels and posts.