Vandals hit second Somerset park

April 26, 2024 5:32 am in by
Photo: The Fernvale Sports Park is the latest community site damaged by vandals. Somerset Regional Council. Supplied.

Senseless vandals have now allegedly done a number on the Fernvale Sports Park in the Somerset impacting the start of the football season.

According to Somerset Regional Council, cabling on several light towers were cut in the latest incident at the sports ground adjacent to the Brisbane Valley Highway.

It allegedly happened between 10am on Tuesday April 23 and 6am on Wednesday April 24.

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It also comes after vandals deliberately destroyed a soccer field at the Lowood Recreational Complex – only a week ago.

Both facilities are owned by Somerset Regional Council and managed by various
user groups for the benefit of the community.

Photo: Somerset Regional Council. Supplied.

Somerset Mayor Jason Wendt has slammed the latest incident as a blatant disregard for community.
“Council installed these lights in 2021 to support the operations of the Brisbane
Valley Rattlers Australian Rules Football Club and the Marburg Mount Crosby Cricket Club,” Cr Wendt said.

“This damage is extremely disappointing. It’s disruptive to the community and the
reality is the attempted theft has accomplished nothing.

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“The vandals have pulled cabling out of the ground, likely seeking copper, but have
instead pulled aluminium out of the ground and then abandoned the site.”

“The reality is, the actions of these vandals is disrupting the lives of facility users and costing rate payers unnecessarily.”
Cr Wendt said council would review CCTV footage of the site and pass on all
relevant footage to police.

“Council has progressively been upgrading all of our facilities to LED light fixtures in
recent years and as a result we no longer have copper cabling at our sites,” he said.

“Council will also look at implementing further provisions to stop these vandals in the future.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact police.

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