The beach access stairs near Zephyr St in Scarness were damaged by a chainsaw-weilding vandal.
The beach access stairs near Zephyr St in Scarness were damaged by a chainsaw-weilding vandal. Tracey Joynson

Beach access stairs near Zephyr St attacked with chainsaw

SOMEONE using a chainsaw hacked off a piece of the beach access stairs opposite Zephyr St on the Hervey Bay Esplanade, the Fraser Coast Regional Council says.

Scarness residents heard the chainsaw on Monday night.

"When the resident went to investigate, the person ran away," infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald said.

"The person had cut away a section of the handrail and stairs which could cost up to $1000 to repair.

"While that is not a significant cost, there is also a risk that someone could be hurt.

"It is such a waste of money. Not only have they endangered public safety, it has diverted funds from other projects.

"Council has zero tolerance for such acts, and has reported the matter to the police for their action."

Anyone witnessing vandalism to council property is urged to contact the police and also the council 1300 79 49 29.

The council said the stairs had been repaired.



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