Local park subject to destruction

By Kirra Livingstone

A LARGE hole melted into a slide at Beerwah’s Turner Park will cost more than $22,000 to replace with the Sunshine Coast Council saying the “disheartening and disappointing” vandalism had been reported to police.

A council spokesperson said the equipment would not be usable until at least July.

“It’s disheartening and very disappointing to see the results of senseless act of destruction at Turner Park, Beerwah… it not only disadvantages our community, but it also costs our community,” the spokesperson said.

“Council takes these matters very seriously and has reported the incident to Queensland Police.

“The community is encouraged to provide any information and report any anti-social behaviour to Queensland Police so they can respond accordingly.”

While council was hopeful the equipment would be repaired in early July, the installation could be delayed “subject to delivery time frames for specific parts”.

Any members of the public with relevant information or would like to report damages to Council-maintained property please contact our customer service via email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone 5475 7272.

Park goers across the Sunshine Coast are also unable to use flying foxes after their pommel seats were temporarily removed due to safety concerns.

Parks including Turner Park at Beerwah, Pioneer and Skippy parks at Landsborough are among the parks with the removed flying fox equipment.

“Council conducts annual comprehensive inspections on more than 20 cable-way sites across the Sunshine Coast. An independent Cableway Audit was performed in March 2023,” the spokesperson said.

“The audit identified maintenance issues relating to flying fox play equipment at some parks.

“As such, the ‘pommel seats’ have been removed to prevent further use of the equipment until the repairs have been carried out.”

The Council did not provide detail on when the works were expected to be completed but said it would be completed as soon as possible.