Council candidate Mike Brown tried to take the vandalism with a sense of humour.
Council candidate Mike Brown tried to take the vandalism with a sense of humour. Barclay White

Vandals target South Burnett candidates signs

AS THE countdown to the local government election continues, candidates are getting frustrated at the number of stolen and vandalised corflute signs.

A number of council and mayoral candidates have reported that their signs have been stolen or vandalised, in some cases at great cost.

Mayoral candidate Damien Tessmann was particularly hard hit, with one sign vandalised to make a Nazi reference.

Cr Tessmann said candidates had to have thick skin to run for office, but that the vandalism was a low blow.

"They are not cheap to replace so it is frustrating when it happens," Cr Tessmann said.

"Some people think it's a bit of a joke but we don't receive public funding.

"It's all money the candidates are paying out of their own pocket."

NOT IMPRESSED: Candidates have been left to pick up the bill after corflute signs were vandalised. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
NOT IMPRESSED: Candidates have been left to pick up the bill after corflute signs were vandalised. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White

Mayoral rival Mike Brown estimated that at least half a dozen of his signs had been vandalised in the past few weeks.

But he said it was something council candidates had to accept.

"If you're a politician and your signs are not being defaced then you're not doing a good job," Mr Brown said.

He suspected it was the same person targeting his signs because of the similar scribblings on each one.

Although it's a combative election, Mr Brown did not think any of the candidates were behind the mischief.

"I think we've all got too much respect for each other for that," he said.

Kingaroy police officer-in-charge Duane Frank said he was not aware of any candidates making a formal complaint about the vandalism.

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