Vandals take shot at basketball court
IT took vandals less than a day to put their own, ugly stamp on a brand new public basketball court in Gailes.
The court opened in Noble Park only last week, but in no time at all it was defaced by mindless spray can graffiti.
The basketball half-court cost the council about $38,000 to build with a drinking fountain also included.
Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said he was appalled at the vandalism.
"When I visited the park on Tuesday, a lot of kids there were disappointed that someone had ruined their new court," he said.
"The council now has to spend money on the clean-up bill. It's money that could have been used for more worthwhile purposes."
Despite the graffiti attack Cr Tully said people in the community still appreciated having the court built and that it was a great addition to the park.
He added that there was a bounty for anyone who could offer information which led to the capture of the vandals responsible.
He said the council offered rewards of up to $4000 for people who reported graffiti vandals in an attempt to curb the scourge.
The amount of reward money is dependant on the information and the severity of the graffiti and damage caused.