Moreton Bay Regional Council has installed security cameras at the Ningi Waste Transfer Station to deter acts of vandalism and break-ins.
Asset, Construction and Maintenance Spokesperson Councillor Adam Hain said council recently installed security cameras at the tip and was now installing security fencing following recent incidents at the site including graffiti, smashed glass, the theft of fuel and steel, and damage to the tip’s infrastructure.
“This type of wanton destruction of public facilities costs ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. That’s money that could be spent on vital road projects stormwater infrastructure and community facilities,” Cr Hain said.
“Graffiti alone can cost anywhere up to $5,000 to clean up per incident.
“It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to resort to installing security cameras and fencing around the Ningi tip, but it’ll help to deter wanton acts like vandalism and break-ins in the future.”
Division 1 Councillor Brooke Savige said local police have also pledged to patrol the tip, adding to council’s security patrols.
“With council’s free tipping service, many people use the Ningi facility, and it’s also the home of our community’s exciting oyster shell recycling project, so to have heard that vandalism and break-ins are taking place is really disappointing,” Cr Savige said.
“Ratepayers don’t deserve to be footing the bill for these acts, which is why we’re now installing security cameras and fencing to deter these acts.”