Unprecedented vandalism across the Borough
Vandals have caused extensive damage to buildings at Toc H (Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve) and across the Borough on the weekend of 19 and 20 January.
The damage at Toc H is estimated at $50,000. It includes:
- Smashing of approximately 53 windows
- Damaging doors, door frames and fly screen doors
- Ripping off guttering and downpipes
- Destroying picnic tables and rubbish bin corrals
- Smashing holes in ceilings, internal and external wall claddings
- Destroying cupboards, handrails and chairs
- Damaging internal wall framing and a stage.
It is believed the vandalism occurred during the night of Saturday 19 January.
Various public facilities and private property were also attacked with graffiti over the weekend. Numerous street signs, a beach shelter, a bus stop, park seats, private fences and a Cottage by the Sea fete banner were defaced. The estimated cleaning bill is $3,000.
Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Helene Cameron is devastated by the weekend's events.
"This is such senseless behaviour and so out of character in this community. We pride ourselves on our beautiful, clean streetscape and our low crime rate."
"This wanton destruction of property is absolutely disgraceful and will not tolerated," she says.
Victoria Police are investigating the incidents. Any persons with information are encouraged to contact the Queenscliff Police Station on 5258 4285 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.