Thieves steal timber from Keppel Kraken site
THE theft of valuable timber and supplies from the Keppel Kraken project site has left the council frustrated, and police seeking information.
Yeppoon police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay said the offenders stole from the site between 1.30pm on November 28 and 6am on November 30, and removed part of the construction fence to gain access.
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said it was "disappointing" that anyone would steal from such an important community project.
"It did put our opening date under doubt," Cr Ludwig said. "It was specialist timber, so all of the furniture wasn't able to be made before the opening. As it turned out we were able to get some plastic chairs to make up for the furniture."
Cr Ludwig said the project has received nothing but praise - and the theft put a mark on the overwhelming success.
"On a project like this, particularly when we made it very known that we were working to get it open for our kids, is so disappointing," he said.
"You expect that people might be a little bit more community-minded on a project that is designed to boost our community."
Anyone with information should contact police or Crime Stoppers.