In 2023 Council responded to several vandalism incidents, including the theft of copper wiring from Sel Outridge Park, Redland Bay, and Thornlands Community Park where a plastic slide, climbing play equipment, a shade sail and rubber soft fall were damaged by fire.
Replacement equipment has been ordered and Council is awaiting delivery, with the total cost of repairs estimated at $400,000.
Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said it was disappointing that an act of vandalism had resulted in the play equipment remaining inaccessible to the public during the busy Christmas holiday period.
“Contractors engaged by Council have advised that repairs are expected to be completed by the end of March 2024, pending site conditions and weather,” Cr Golle said.
“Other areas of the park – such as the fitness equipment, public toilets, kick-about open space and barbecue – will remain open.
“By working together as a community, we can protect our public facilities from malicious damage and ensure they remain open for Redlands Coast residents to enjoy at all times.”
INFO: For more details on reporting vandalism, including graffiti, visit Council’s website.
Council calls for community support to tackle vandalism
Redland City Council is seeking assistance from residents to curb vandalism in the community after several public facilities were damaged earlier this year and needed to be repaired at significant cost to Council.
Anti-Vandalism Strategies include:
- Proactive removal patrols, community service graffiti removal, school-based education programs and the use of the VandalTrak graffiti reporting app.
- Council has also partnered with the Federal Graffiti Forum Taskforce which is undertaking research into contemporary models of graffiti prevention and management to ensure that future planning and initiatives are cost-effective and likely to have a greater impact on graffiti reduction.
- Council works with Queensland Police Service and neighbouring councils around localised graffiti impacts and offenders.