Vandalism costing Council, community

Vandalism to Council assets is costing over $50,000 a year according to CEO Ian Nicholls.

The issue was highlighted after vandals caused significant damage to the Howitt Park toilet block in Bright over the weekend.

The damage included a toilet being set on fire.

As a result the toilet block will have to be closed while the $5,000 repair works are carried out.

“Incidents like these are a sad waste of ratepayer’s money,” Mr Nicholls said.

“We spend over $50,000 a year repairing vandalism which could be better spent on services or projects for the community.”

Public toilets in Bright’s Bourke Street, Centenary Park and Howitt Park and Myrtleford’s Jubilee Park are the worst-affected.

Mr Nicholls said Council would look at ways to curb the vandalism.

“These are our main toilet blocks that serve not only our community but the great number of tourists that visit our shire,” he said.

“We may have to look at closing the toilets at night or even installing security cameras.

"Both these options would be an unnecessary detriment to the community.

"We do not want the toilet block’s to look like gaols but it will be difficult to make them vandal proof without action.

"We are working with the police to try and solve the problem.”

Mr Nicholls praised the Kiewa Valley section of the shire for having a low level of vandalism.

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