Installed yesterday, vandalised by today
A NEW 4WD permit kiosk, installed by Ballina Shire Council just yesterday, has been destroyed by vandals overnight.
The automated kiosk was installed to make it easier for 4-wheel drive enthusiasts to purchase permits to access Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head.
The kiosk, although not yet operational, is located within a fenced area in the newly constructed carpark at Lake Ainsworth. It had been wrapped in orange plastic, before signage can be erected and the kiosk made operational.
Vandals have gained access to the fenced area and taken to the kiosk with an axe, destroying the unit plus the solar panel that powers it.
As it is located within a carpark, people may have assumed it was a paid parking kiosk. Regardless, there is no good reason to vandalise public assets. This will cost the community $12,000 to replace, and this will also further delay the go live date for the kiosk.
If anyone has any information on this incident they are urged to contact Ballina Police on telephone 6681 8699.