Airlie Beach sign vandalised
THE identifiable ‘Welcome to Airlie Beach' sign on the hills into Airlie Beach has been a target of vandals in recent weeks.
Many Whitsunday motorists would have noticed the letters ‘A' and ‘I' missing from the sign over the past fortnight.
Whitsunday police sergeant Barry Haran said the ‘A' had reportedly gone missing on March 26.
He said the ‘I' went missing a week later overnight last Saturday. Sgt Haran said he believed it was a selfish act of vandalism that left the welcoming sign damaged.
“You'd have to think they [the offenders] are collecting all the letters for their personal use,” he said.
“The letter ‘R' looks like it's soon to be targeted.”
Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Mike Brunker said it was disappointing to know someone would damage the sign that was a greeting to tourists in the region.
He also re-iterated that this was an example of vandalism that occurred to property right across the region.
“Obviously we have a lot of people that walk past that sign who are drunk and carrying on,” he said.
“That's just a normal part of vandalism that we experience.”
Both Cr Brunker and Sgt Haran urged anyone with any information regarding the matter to contact Whitsunday Police on 4948 8888.