Vandals take aim at flood-hit home
A MAN who lost two houses in the January floods has been left seething after vandals broke into one of them just after a lengthy rebuild got underway.
Workers assembled by Apprenticeships Queensland discovered the damage to the interior walls and ceiling of Roger Woodward's Moores Pocket Rd home yesterday morning.
The walls had only just been replaced, paid for by funds raised by Rotary groups across Australia.
Mr Woodward said youths had broken into the house before but this was the first time damage had occurred.
"It's another kick in the guts," Mr Woodward said.
"I've already got too much to do.
"People can be pretty disgusting."
Along with either kicking or punching several holes in the walls, the offenders also left a crude message on one of Mr Woodward's doors downstairs - scribbled in lead pencil.
Workers last left the house on Thursday, so the damage occurred sometime between late Thursday and early Monday morning.
Police were notified and attended the house early yesterday.
South East Walls and Ceilings supervisor Warner Bourke said valuable time and resources would be spent fixing the damage where they could be used to help other flood victims.
"We usually have the handicapped and the down and out at the top of our list - we could be there instead of doing this repair work," Mr Bourke said.
"Whoever did this would know it is a flood affected house and they should know better than to cause damage."