MINDLESSNESS RULES: One of the ruined park benches at Maroochydore Lions Park on Fishermans Rd.
MINDLESSNESS RULES: One of the ruined park benches at Maroochydore Lions Park on Fishermans Rd. Contributed

What the? No it's not an obscure new sculpture...

ONE minute there were four beautiful new park benches and chairs and the next all that was left were some metal legs cemented in the ground.

Vandals have wrecked furniture installed only last week at Maroochydore Lions Park on Fishermans Rd.

Vandalism and graffiti have cost ratepayers almost $540,000 in the past 12 months.

"Public amenities, sports complexes, libraries, corporate buildings, lifeguard towers, civic centres, community facilities, parks and signage have all been targeted," a council spokeswoman said.

But the latest act of vandalism defies any logic.

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said the first setting had the legs broken off after an apparent failed attempt to remove it at the base.

"The other three had all the slats removed."

"This is very sad for the community who flock to enjoy this wonderful park on the banks of beautiful Eudlo Creek," Cr Hungerford said.

"Council takes this matter very seriously and has reported it to the police.''

The council will now look into additional lighting and other security measures.

"We will replace the table and chair settings as soon as possible as these were much wanted and needed by residents and the many visitors," Cr Hungerford said.

"It is likely the replacement value of these assets will be around $8000, in addition to any further lighting and other methods used to deter criminal behaviour.''


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