$2k reward to catch vandals hitting caravaners
THE Clarence Valley Council (CVC) is offering up to $2000 for information that leads to a guilty conviction of vandals who marked 'no dogs allowed' on tourists' cars at Brooms Head.
Brisbane caravaners Jim and Judy Woodford were one of the victims.
Mr Woodford said a note that read 'no dogs' was stuck to his windshield with silicone.
"It was an acid-based Silastic, so it ate through the windscreen," Mr Woodford said.
"Now the screen has to be replaced."
Mr Woodford said he always wanted to go to Brooms Head because he knew what a beautiful area it was.
However, the Woodfords travel with their dog Charlie, a terrier-cross, so were unable to because the Brooms Head camping ground used to be a no-dog zone.
Then Mr Woodford found out CVC were trialling a looser set of restrictions, so he and his wife would be able to enjoy their holiday with Charlie.
They arrived at the camp ground last Wednesday and woke up the next day with the note stuck on the windscreen.
"Charlie was attached to the caravan on a 2m lead; we didn't even walk him" Mr Woodford said.
"Ask any responsible caravaner who is travelling with a dog, 'do you have a doggy bag?'
"They will produce one instantly. I carry three or four in my pocket all the time."
The Woodfords were planning to stay at Brooms Head for a week, but when they saw the note their holiday was ruined.
"Pardon the pun, but there is a dog down there doing destructive things," Mr Woodford said.
"That's all you can call that person, a dog. And they are a dangerous dog.
"I can tell you now I will be spreading the word, and it's not a good word."
Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said a number of tourists' vehicles were vandalised.
"We're running a trial at the moment that allows people to bring their dogs, so long as they meet a fairly lengthy set of conditions, one of which is that they can't do it in peak holiday periods," Mr Anderson said.
"We've written to residents advising them the trial is in place, but some people have taken to issuing their own warnings.
"People were given the chance to comment on the trial when it went on public exhibition, but we received no comments.
"If they disagree with the trial they can write to us with their reasons and we will consider them, but they can't take matters into their own hands."
Some of the restrictions visitors with dogs must abide by are; dogs must be registered in their state of origin, only small dogs allowed with larger dogs subject to manager's discretion, and dogs must be on leads at all times and locked inside at night.