Thursday, April 25, 2024

Vandals strike at Mount Kaputar

Vandals have damaged gas barbecues and stolen gas bottles, batteries and a 2,220 litre water tank in a brazen attack on the popular Sawn Rocks Picnic Area in Mount Kaputar National Park near Narrabri.

National Parks and Wildife Service (NPWS) Area Manager, Marty Linehan said the incident on Tuesday night hampered what had otherwise been a bumper holiday period.

“We’ve got hundreds of people each day visiting Sawn Rocks at this time of the year, with many of them having a picnic or barbecue as part of their outing,” he said.

“Unfortunately, all of those people are now having their enjoyment compromised by the inconsiderate actions of those responsible for the damage and theft.”

Mr Linehan said the actions of the vandals had rendered the barbecues unusable until replacement equipment can be purchased and repairs undertaken.

“I am struggling to understand why anyone would set out to damage community assets in this way.”

“I apologise for any inconvenience to our responsible park visitors, while we undertake the necessary repairs.

“Visitors are still able to use the picnic tables and shelters.

Other than this incident, large crowds over Christmas and New year at Mount Kaputar have been well behaved and enjoying the great facilities on offer,” he said.

NPWS uses cameras to assist with law enforcement and to monitor illegal activity. If anyone has any details about this incident, please contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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