Vandals strike again at Lennox Head
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org GOING out in the rain to fix a fence was not exactly what Brian Smith wanted to do last week.
But it was just what he and 10 other Lennox Head volunteers were faced with after 'annoying' vandals cut the wire cabling on their dune retainer fence at Seven Mile Beach.
It is the fourth time the volunteers, members of the Lennox Head Residents' Association working bee group, have had to fix the fence because of vandals.
At other times people have pulled out plants and ringbarked large trees, leaving them to die.
"It's just a loss all round," said Mr Smith, president of the association.
He said the vandals left the severed wire on the beach, which could have been dangerous.
"The fence was keeping the sand dunes up. They have destroyed a lot of our hard work," Mr Smith said.
The group works closely with Ballina Shire Council to look after areas of the local coastline.
Twelve volunteers get together once a fortnight for a working bee during which they restore vegetation, get rid of weeds, and look after the dunes.
Mr Smith said the group operated with some Land Care grants and the council provided it with some equipment and materials.
"But we don't exactly have excess funds to keep fixing the same fence over and over again," he said.
"If the fence is annoying someone they should approach us and maybe we can come to some sort of compromise. But continuing to cut it is not doing anything but wasting our time and creating a safety risk for people on the beach."
The coastal village has a history of struggling with vandalism, particularly with youths after dark.
One of the most recent acts of vandalism, last November, destroyed building material worth at least $400 at a Raynor Lane beachfront construction site.
The vandals jumped the two-metre security fence and spread sticky, bright yellow building glue on a storage container.
They also splashed paint on at least four windows, several floors and walls, scratched a $1000 spa, and destroyed eight bags of%a gyprocking compound powder.
Also in November, vandals pulled down a fence, threw pots into a holiday apartment swimming pool, and ripped branches from trees.
In June last year, intoxicated teenagers wandered the streets, prompting warnings from police about antisocial behaviour.
Anyone with information on vandalism should contact their local police station, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.