Vandals target public toilets, signs

Date published: 7 April 2020

Townsville City Council is appealing for information from the community after a recent spate of vandalism targeting public toilets across the city.

Mayor Jenny Hill said fixtures and fittings had been destroyed in the toilets, costing hundreds of dollars to repair.

“With supermarkets selling out of toilet paper recently, it appears some residents have decided to steal the toilet paper provided in our public toilets across the city,” Cr Hill said.

“In the process of helping themselves, they have damaged or destroyed the toilet paper dispensers, which Council now needs to replace so these facilities can remain open for the community.”

Cr Hill said that in some locations vandals had also stolen soap dispensers.

“The facilities for people with a disability on The Strand were also attacked last week resulting in the theft of handrails, a folding shower seat and taps,” she said.

“This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and those responsible need to be identified and dealt with.

“Council provides facilities like these for the community’s use and it is completely unfair that vandals have damaged the facilities in this way.”

Cr Hill said Council signage informing the community about COVID-19-related closures and ways to minimise the spread of the virus had also been damaged or destroyed.

“Now is the time for our community to pull together to stop the spread of coronavirus and its disappointing that vandals are damaging and destroying these signs, which promote important information,” she said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.