One of the plaques on the statue of St Peter on the Urangan rock wall was removed in the attack by vandals.
One of the plaques on the statue of St Peter on the Urangan rock wall was removed in the attack by vandals. Alistair Brightman

Mayor disgusted by St Peter's memorial statue vandalism

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell is "disgusted" by the vandalism to the St Peter's memorial for lost fisherman and labelled it "poor community spirit".

It is believed on Wednesday night, vandals broke St Peter's nose and hand and stole a plaque with the names of those lost at sea.

"I am absolutely disgusted," Cr O'Connell said. "Most people in our region and our community are good people."

Maryborough District scene-of-crime police were investigating the incident.

Officers are attempting to access and review CCTV footage.

Cr O'Connell slammed the thought of destroying other people's property.

"Can anyone explain vandalism to me?" he said.

"I can't work out what drives people to do it.

"It's coveting a possession. It makes no sense to me at all."

Cr O'Connell said local governments were forever trying to manage vandalism

"To do this on a relatively new memorial that people have scraped and saved for - and the plaque that is about remembrance for families - I think that is the height of really poor community spirit," he said.

St Peter has stood on the trawler wall of Urangan Harbour after being unveiled on August 3.

The statue of St Peter lost its nose, hand and a plaque in the attack by vandals.
The statue of St Peter lost its nose, hand and a plaque in the attack by vandals. Alistair Brightman


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