Wave of vandalism hits Upper Lachlan amenities and parks

A spate of vandalism targeting council-owned amenities and facilities is escalating repair costs for the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

There has been an increase in vandalism at toilet blocks and parks in Crookwell, Taralga and Gunning in the past four weeks.

Vandalism at the Clifton Park amenities block.

Vandalism at the Clifton Park amenities block.

It is estimated that costs to replace the damaged items is minimal, but associated repairs and clean-up will amount to more than $1500 for incidents in Crookwell alone.

In a media release, the mayor John Stafford said that "vandalism costs ... a substantial amount of money per year. That's money that could have been spent on upgrading our roads or enhancing our community facilities.

"It also unnecessarily ties up the council staff who are forced to repair or clean up the damage instead of getting on with undertaking scheduled upgrades and routine maintenance."

Clifton Park toilet block in Crookwell has repeatedly been vandalised since it opened in December. These damages include paper towels set alight in bathroom sinks and a plastic waste basket set alight then pushed through the slats into the junior cricket storage area.

In the latest act, an aerosol can was set alight which scorched soap holders and paper towel dispensers.

There were also incidents at the Crookwell Memorial Oval.

In June, fluorescent lights in the temporary change rooms were left smashed on the oval. As well as, timber was stolen from near the construction of the Memorial Oval Sports Centre and set alight in the chook shed.

In the villages, "the new toilet block at Taralga's Goodhew Park has been regularly pelted and smeared with mud, both outside and inside," Cr Stafford said.

"The disabled toilet near the Taralga Memorial Hall was also vandalised with a large amount of instant coffee.

"In Gunning, staff have noted deliberate damage to road signs and roadside posts, tagging at the Gunning Skate Park, along with illegal dumping of household waste on roadsides; not technically vandalism, but disappointing nonetheless."

The council is urging the community to help tackle vandalism and to report an incident of graffiti or malicious damage to council property to the police. There is a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the conviction of people found vandalising council property.