This street sign on the corner of Berserker and Edington Sts was damaged by vandals and is a safety concern for motorists.
This street sign on the corner of Berserker and Edington Sts was damaged by vandals and is a safety concern for motorists. Sharyn Oneill

Vandalism a problem for ratepayers

A SPIKE in street vandalism is a bad sign for Rockhampton ratepayers.

Rockhampton Regional councillor Tony Williams says he’s fed up with the constant destruction of street signs in Rockhampton as it not only costs time and money to fix, but can cost a vital few minutes for emergency services looking for an address.

“It seems to be a regular problem all of a sudden,” Cr Williams said.

“It’s not only signs being pushed over, it’s signs on corners being twisted so the signs are facing different directions, or pulling signs down to bottom of the pole.”

He said the vandalism was frustrating as it was drawing resources away from more important jobs like road maintenance.

“I could show you five damaged signs in my division right now. I’m sure that happens across the region,” Cr Williams said.

“You imagine that across the region and try to imagine how much time and money that costs.”

Former Rockhampton councillor John Broad said he was frustrated that two weeks after reporting it, his street sign hadn’t been fixed.

Cr Williams said this wasn’t out of the ordinary due to the number of repairs required.

He urged anyone with information about vandals to contact the council customer service or police.



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