Senseless vandalism at Bray Park and Pottsville

Tweed Shire Council

Vandals have caused senseless damage to the new off-leash dog park at Bray Park Reserve (Murwillumbah) and fencing at Pottsville this week.

This latest act of vandalism saw vandals cut through 59 metres of wire fencing at the new off-leash dog park at Bray Park, leaving it on site with an approximate cost to Council of $8,500 to replace.

The dog park only opened in January this year which now must close until fencing can be repaired.

A second vandalism site on Overall Drive at Pottsville included the cutting and removal of a section of wooden fencing. The fencing was erected at this site to address unauthorised bike tracks and jumps and ongoing vegetation vandalism.

The bike tracks and jumps were fenced off because jumps and holes were causing a safety hazard for other park users and impacting the amenity of the park. Plants and trees were also damaged and removed to make way for the bike tracks, causing environmental damage.

Council’s Acting Manager Parks and Active Communities Murray Smith said he was concerned to see repeat vandalism occurring.

“Vandalism like this directly impacts people in the community and because of this, the off-leash dog park can’t be used by people and dogs who really benefit from this facility,” Mr Smith said.

“Not to mention the cost of repairing the damage and replacing fencing from this senseless act which is ultimately borne by ratepayers.

“The impacts will be felt by people across the Tweed as staff are drawn away from more important work such as flood recovery repairs.”

Council workers will repair the fencing at both locations as soon as possible.

This follows another act of vandalism at a new park being constructed at Bilambil Heights last month.

Tweed Shire Council encourages members of the public to report vandalism to the police. Anyone with information about the Bray Park or Pottsville vandalism acts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au.

To report vandalism in the community to Council, visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/report-problem or contact 02 6670 2400.

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