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Boulder barriers to stop hooning to be set up at more local parks


Additional measures to stop hooning are being rolled out across Townsville parks and open spaces. 

A basalt boulder barrier is being installed at Heatley Park as part of a trial by Townsville City Council.

The boulders will go along the perimeters of the park in an effort to deter vehicles from ripping up the area, leaving the grounds unusable.

Mayor Jenny Hill says the measures are necessary to not only prevent damage, but also reduce the risk of serious injuries.

“There have been too many instances of hooning behaviour at public parks and sporting fields,” Cr Hill says.

“It is a senseless crime and leaves residents and sporting associations frustrated about being unable to use their grounds and leaving them out of pocket to repair the damage.”

“This hooning behaviour is illegal, and if something is not done ratepayers and sporting groups will continue to carry the financial burden of repairing these spaces.”

Infrastructure Services Committee chair Kurt Rehbein says barriers will be rolled out at a number of highly frequented parks.

“We hope through this trial we will be able to curb hooning behaviour and allow the open spaces to be enjoyed by the community all year round,” Cr Rehbein said.

“Some of these boulders weigh as much as a car and are going to be very hard for hoons to move or drive over.”

“If the trial is successful, then we will consider the use of rocks as an alternative to bollards and fences going forward.”

Local contractor SNR Morgan is carrying out the work and will install the boulders along the Fulham Road, Mill Drive and Finerty Street sides of the park.

Work is expected to finish at Heatley Park by the end of the month.