Cr Debbie Hawes with the section of Urangan Pier that has been burnt – about 20 metres from the end of the pier.
Cr Debbie Hawes with the section of Urangan Pier that has been burnt – about 20 metres from the end of the pier.

Vandals destroy Urangan pier

VANDALS who lit a fire near the end of Urangan Pier have got Fraser Coast councillor Debbie Hawes fired up.

“I cannot understand why anyone would set a fire on the pier,” she said.

The area has been temporarily boarded over but the burnt decking sleepers will have to be replaced.

Ms Hawes said it was disappointing to be replacing planks when the end of the pier was only reopened in November last year after a $2.5 million refurbishment of the final 220 meters of the 880m long pier.

“It will take a work crew at least a week to complete the project because the handrails and kick rails will have to be removed before the sleepers can be replaced,” Ms Hawes.

She said the end of the pier would have to be closed for at least a week because the handrails had to be removed.

“It’s not an easy exercise to replace them,” Ms Hawes said.

“It won’t be a cheap exercise.

“It’s just a waste of money – it’s ridiculous.

“All ratepayers should be angry about this.

“We all pay to clean up after vandals as money has to be diverted from other projects.”

She said council did not yet have an estimate on how much it would cost to replace the sleepers.

Ms Hawes said the planks had to be specifically ordered for the job because they were a special size and she was not sure when the work would go ahead because it depended on when the sleepers arrived.

She said it was the first major vandal attack on the pier and she asked people to keep a lookout for suspicious behaviour.

“I urge residents who see vandals in action to report them to the council’s customer service centres on 1300 744 929, even it it’s after hours or weekends,” Ms Hawes said.



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