Vandals wreak havoc at Glass House lookout

VANDALS have caused thousands of dollars damage at Glass House Mountains lookout after using fireworks and spray paint while also breaking into storerooms, stealing electrical wire and smashing toilets.

Acting Ranger in Charge Cheryl Thomson said police had now been called to investigate the damage.

“What is of real concern to rangers is the use of boxes of fireworks at the lookout, as this is a major fire risk and can frighten native wildlife,” Ms Thomson said.

“The vandals also stole cleaning supplies and removed electrical wiring from our storeroom, and they caused thousands of dollars of damage to our water infrastructure and the toilets.

“We have referred the latest incidence of vandalism and the use of fireworks to the Queensland Police Service, and anyone with information is urged to make contact.”

Ms Thomson added that the vandalism was also frustrating for rangers and visitors.

“With each incidence of vandalism, our rangers spend a significant amount of time repairing and cleaning up the lookout after each incident,” Ms Thomson said.

Recent Vandalism includes:

  • Defacing signage
  • Fireworks used and rubbish discarded
  • Broken locks on storeroom doors
  • Theft
  • Damage to electrical equipment and toilets
  • Obscene graffiti

Ms Thompson said rangers and local police will be increasing after hours patrols in the area to help prevent further vandalism.

“Vandals do not care about our facilities, the cost of repairs or the thousands of tourists from Australia and around the world who come to the lookout to enjoy the view,” she said.

Anyone with information can make an anonymous call to QPWS on 1300 130 372 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.