Youths are to blame for Jubilee Park destruction, says parent

Evie Neumann, 7 with friend Claire Shield, 7, and mother Ellie Neumann are unhappy after seeing the glass bottles and graffiti on the new playground. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
Evie Neumann, 7 with friend Claire Shield, 7, and mother Ellie Neumann are unhappy after seeing the glass bottles and graffiti on the new playground. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

SCENIC Rim’s most prominent playground has been destroyed by vandals following the opening last month.

Jubilee Park was one of the playground projects which council dedicated $1 million towards.

One Cedar Vale mother is vowing never to return to the Beaudesert park after finding smashed bottles and graffiti on the new playground.

Ellie Neumann said she was shocked to find the vandalism and warned other parents that they should be concerned for their children’s safety.

“There are toddlers running around without shoes at the park all the time,” she said.

“If that went through a child’s foot it would have been bad.”

A cleaner who tends to the park twice a day to clean the toilets and pick up rubbish cleaned the area but despite their efforts, pieces of glass remained.

Ms Neumann said she was also horrified to see graffiti with lewd words painted over playground equipment.

“Inside one of the slides the c bomb is written and there’s graffiti near the bottom of the slides too,” she said.

Rubbish at Jubilee Park has been more frequent since the recent opening of the playground, with six incidents reported in the past month.

Mayor Greg Christensen said he shared the community’s frustration about the ongoing issue with youths loitering in the park.

“On an early morning walk recently I spent time myself in Jubilee Park picking up rubbish, broken glass and smashed baubles stolen from Beaudesert's community Christmas tree,” he said.

Cr Christensen said there were three layers to the issue that needed to be resolved.

“Firstly, as a community, we need to be alert and say we won't accept this type of behaviour,” he said.

“Secondly, as parents and carers, we have to ensure we both expect and hold accountable our youth for their behaviour.

Evie Neumann, 7 with friend Claire Shield, 7, and mother Ellie Neumann at Jubilee Park. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

Evie Neumann, 7 with friend Claire Shield, 7, and mother Ellie Neumann at Jubilee Park. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

“However, in doing so, we need to look in the mirror and know that the way we are living says we respect our neighbours, our community and the place in which we live.”

Cr Christensen said young people also needed to encourage their peers to do the right thing.

“Tell (those who are not doing the right thing) 'you're not a hero', 'you're not smart, you're just a drain on the energy of our community,” he said.

“If they can't change then they should go away.”

Tamborine resident Jodi Moore said she was disappointed to see the graffiti.

“It’s a kid’s playground and it should be respected,” she said.

“I understand teenagers can get bored but come on, this is inappropriate and they should look after the community and the facilities they have here.”

Scenic Rim Regional Council aim to remove the graffiti as soon as possible.

Police said this was an ongoing issue with youths loitering in the park and would continue to patrol the area.