Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers at Magnetic Island National Park were shocked and disappointed last Wednesday to find that new signs showing the way to Arthur Bay had been stolen.
Ranger Laura Clare said community members were also upset by the damage.
“We only put these signs up three months ago to define the beautiful Arthur Bay visitor area,” Ms Clare said.
“Two green wooden signs – one a three-metre long ‘Arthur Bay’ sign and the other a 1.5 metre ‘Arthur Bay Beach’ sign – were stolen in early August.
“These are heavy signs and were well attached to the supports, so it would have taken a fair effort to remove them.
“It’s costly for QPWS to repair or replace damaged or missing signs, and it takes money and time away from other activities we need to do to present our much-loved park to locals and visitors.
“Also, vandalism is an offence under the Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) Regulation, and the maximum penalties are more than $15,000.
“QPWS appeals to the offenders to return the signs so we can put them back in place, and to the Magnetic Island community to report if they have seen anything suspicious,” Ms Clare said.
Anyone with information about the incident, or the whereabouts of the stolen signs, is urged to call QPWS Magnetic Island on 4778 5378 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.