$4000 reward on offer after theft of bronze lectern
MAYOR Paul Pisasale and Councillor David Pahlke are furious after discovering the bronze lectern at Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park has been ripped from its foundations.
Council has offered a $4000 reward for information on the crook or crooks who took the highly valued ornament on the early hours of May 14.
"This lectern is one of the central features in the park which hosts the launch each year of the Ipswich Poetry Feast," Cr Pisasale said.
"I'm saying to the thieves to hand it back now.
"I urge scrap metal dealers to be on the lookout for the distinctive piece which features an image of Henry Lawson.
"The park honours Lawson who wrote The Babies of Walloon after hearing the sad but true story of two young girls who drowned in a waterhole at Walloon at the turn of the nineteenth century."
Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said he was outraged at the theft following a similar incident in 2010 which left council a bill of $30,000.
"This is unbelievable. I am angry that people would steal from the community which has worked so hard to create such a wonderful public park," he said.
"The Walloon State School community is also extremely upset by this act of vandalism."
Anyone with any information the theft should contact the police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.