BARBECUE and picnic facilities Cleveland Point were extensively defaced by graffiti vandals on the weekend.
Cr Paul Golle, who received reports of the vandalism on the weekend, said it was among the worst he had seen in the area.
“I am astounded that equipment has been damaged like that,” Cr Golle said.
Cr Peter Mitchell said much of the drawings and language was offensive.
“It’s always unwelcome and shows disrespect for our community,” Cr Mitchell said.
Mayor Karen Williams said the estimated cost of the clean-up done by an on-call council officer on Sunday was about $400.
“Due to the obscenities, he tried to remove all the graffiti he could as quickly as possible,” Cr Williams said.
“An external contractor will be engaged to finalise the job, which is expected to cost approximately $100.”
Cr Williams said vandalism could be discouraged and reduced by prompt reporting, preferably within 24 hours.
“Senseless acts of vandalism like this come at a cost to ratepayers and detract from the appeal of our beautiful outdoor spaces for everyone,” she said.
In 2016, council’s bill for removing graffiti tags amounted to about $144,000. This excluded costs to the Main Roads Department, Energex, Telstra, Queensland Rail, and business and home owners.
The barbecue and picnic facilities at Cleveland Point were installed in 2011 and 2012.
Cr Mitchell encouraged people to report graffiti to the online graffiti reporting system VandalTrak.
Visit vandaltrak.com/graffiti-register to report any incidents via the online form or mobile app. Users can upload a photo and provide the details and locations, which VandalTrak sends to council.
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