VANDALISM: Clarence Valley Council officer Mark Evans inspects damaged street signs.
VANDALISM: Clarence Valley Council officer Mark Evans inspects damaged street signs.

Idiot act

By ADRIAN MILLER

YAMBA was hit by more vandalism at the weekend when party revellers ripped down and damaged speed zone signs outside Yamba Public School.

This was the second time in three months the area had been hit.

A window at the school was smashed, and a sign on the school fence broken.

Clarence Valley Council asset investigation engineer Mark Evans said the signs were in place to warn motorists of school children in the area.

"These acts are particularly disheartening when the signs targetted warn motorists of school children in the area," he said.

"Their removal endangers the children and parents of the Yamba Public School," he said.

Mr Evans said money earmarked for other projects would now have to be spent repairing the signs.

If vandalism continued, rates could rise in the long-term.

"This damage, in conjunction with other damage around Yamba over the past weekend, will cost many hundreds of dollars to repair or replace," he said.

"Unfortunately these are not isolated incidents and the ongoing cost of vandalism continues to climb into the thousands, with the money coming from funds set aside for other purposes."

Yamba Public School principal Sam Davison said vandalism was discouraging.

"It's a feeling of disappointment because over the whole school holidays we had one small broken window, which is probably our best result," he said.

"It's disappointing because we are doing some good things here and it's disappointing that they feel they can be irresponsible and anti-social."

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