News

Residents demand action on Urangan Pier thugs

Police will be applying pier pressure to ensure youths behave on the Urangan Pier.
Police will be applying pier pressure to ensure youths behave on the Urangan Pier. Valerie Horton

YOUNG thugs are ruining recreational fishing and family fun at the iconic Urangan Pier and a team of local residents has a plan to reclaim it.

United by their determination not to be pushed out by foul-mouthed, thieving teenagers, the group is preparing to petition for stronger security against the undesirables they have come to know as Pier Rats.

Police have called on fed-up locals to report the kind of behaviour which long-term resident and mother Libby McDonald says is turning the much-loved attraction into a "no-go zone".

When Ms McDonald's teenage sons had their fishing gear stolen at the pier, she decided to make further inquiries and soon the petty theft was symptomatic of a much larger problem.

A post on a community forum about a $4000 camera being hurled over the side and into the water, attracted more than 90 like-minded responses about the ugly actions of the Pier Rats.

The Chronicle too has received reports of seagulls being tortured and bait fish being thrown at passers by.

"It is clear these kids think they are untouchable... out there away from everything they can carry on with their bullying and intimidation tactics," Ms McDonald said

"It's bad enough in the day time - they target retirees, the disabled and people who are younger than them - and after five it's a no-go zone ... they can drink down there and go fully unsupervised."

Hervey Bay Police Sergeant Paul Byrne said the station had not received a complaint about a disturbance at the pier since a report was made about lures being thrown at canoes on August 3.

He said police needed to be made aware of problems so they could "conduct patrols and do something about it".

Ms McDonald said while increased police presence would be welcome, it was not the job of police to "baby-sit people's kids" and the community would be better served by keeping cops on the streets and having security cameras installed on the pier.

"In many cases people think having a can of drink pegged at their heads or their keys thrown in the ocean is a waste of police time and instead, they just stay away," she said.

"It's infuriating that people who work all their lives can't enjoy fishing or walking on the pier because of these little twerps."

Cameras have recently been installed in various trouble spots around the Fraser Coast.

A petition calling for cameras on the pier will be available at this weekend's markets and at the Chronicle front counters in Maryborough and Hervey Bay from next Monday.

Non-urgent reports can be made via Policelink on 131 444.

WHAT'S NEWS TODAY

Topics:  hervey bay hervey bay police urangan urangan pier youths



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

Heart patient speaks on lack of cardiologist on Fraser Coast

Betty Glaister has a heart condition, but is not worried by no cardiologist working on the Fraser Coast. But, she said she would be worried if she was younger.

Betty Glaister has survived a heart attack and heart failure.

Bunnings supports Salvos ahead of Christmas

DIG DEEP: Bunnings team member Tam Geritz asks you to join her in supporting The Salvos.

Supporting your local Salvation Army at Bunnings.

Local Partners

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!