Dangerous trespassing at Agnes must stop, says Mayor

Gladstone Regional Council seeks the assistance of the Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy communities to help address dangerous driving and anti-social behaviour happening at its Agnes Waste Water Treatment Plant site.

Council staff using the track leading to the plant have raised serious concerns due to a number of near-misses with unauthorised drivers and members of the public, who have been accessing the property on motorbikes and other vehicles, after pushing down trees to circumvent the bollards.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the Yabby Road site had been subject to frequent trespassing recently and asked residents to notify police and Council if they had any information or had seen anything suspicious.

“Council has locked gates, bollards and appropriate signage in place at all entry points to Yabby Road to denote that the area is private property and to dissuade others from entering.

Cr Burnett said it was likely that the track, which extends from Streeter Drive, was being used by some trespassers to travel to Baffle Creek but added others had visited the site for more destructive purposes.

“Vandalism and theft at the wastewater treatment plant and the efforts to stop it is costing ratepayers,” he said.

Anyone with information about illegal activity at the site is encouraged to phone Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000, Agnes Water Police Station 4974 9708 or Gladstone Regional Council 4970 0700. Incidents can also be reported via Council’s Online Services which can be accessed at its website at http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au