Grayham pleads for residence vigilance

NOTHING surprises Rockhampton's Grayham Smyth anymore.

Vandalism attacks and the continual theft of trees and plants at a park created to honour the memory of his late brother Neil, and fellow fishermen Ken Donovan and John Saunders, are all too common.

In the past fortnight, low-lifes have been digging up and stealing eight plants from the park, unofficially known as People's Park in Stack Street near the Fitzroy River.

"I don't usually speak out about anything but when I see this happen it makes my blood boil,'' Mr Smyth said.

Maintaining the park is not just a job for the 55-year-old selfappointed caretaker.

It is a way for him to keep the memory of his brother alive.

Every second day Mr Smyth rides his bike from his home in Connor Street, Koongal, to the park to water it.

"I just don't know why people do it (steal from the park).

"All of these trees have been donated by people like Neil Fisher.

"When you plant them and nurture them and watch them grown it's hard to deal with when this happens.''

The park was created in 2003 by about 80 community members and business people.

Mr Smyth said he hoped local residents would take it upon themselves to look out for suspicious activity at the park.

"Someone must see something,'' he said.

"It just takes an anonymous phone call to the police and we might be able to catch these low-lifes.



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