Dirty deeds done dirt dear for ratepayers
VANDALS continue to cost Richmond Valley ratepayers extra money as a result of their destructive habits.
A recently installed gabion basket structure to protect a stormwater outlet in Casino has been badly damaged when the mesh baskets were cut, causing the rocks to spill out.
This jeopardises the integrity of the structure.
Richmond Valley Council CEO John Walker said vandalism was an ongoing concern for the council, not only for the damage it created but the waste of public money to replace or repair the damage.
Mr Walker said the council was concerned at present with the deliberate destruction of council-owned and managed facilities.
"Vandalism and destruction of council property costs Richmond Valley ratepayers around $50,000 a year," he said.
"And the damage bill is not only a financial one; it is a loss of public amenities."
Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said it was about time we, as a community, started making the perpetrators of these crimes more accountable.
Cr Bennett said vandals should be made to clean up their mess, face serious fines, community service and possible jail time.
"I urge all residents to call the police or council if they witness any suspicious behaviour," he said.
According to council, funding to fix this vandalism will now need to be drawn from another community project.