Dog walker takes action against beach entrance ‘glassings’
A BLOOD-stained footpath and large shards of broken glass spurred a resident to take action against a spate of “glassings” he believes target dog walkers using a popular beach entrance.
Each day for a week in late May, Battery Hill resident Bob Wurth found and cleared shattered glass strewn across the footpath, which leads to a beach access nearby the Currimundi State School.
The situation appeared to escalate last Saturday, when Mr Wurth discovered a bloodstained footpath alongside large shards of broken bottles and containers.
Mr Wurth said he believed dog walkers such as himself were the target, but the public thoroughfare was often used by students, barefoot beachgoers and people out walking their pooch.
He called police, who he said advised the Sunshine Coast Council was the acting authority.
“I have a theory that whoever is creating this danger is trying to harm people and particularly those who are walking their dogs,” Mr Wurth said.
“Dog poo has occasionally been found on that footpath and many of the visitors, walking their own dogs, pick up the droppings and put them in the bin.
“Up until (Saturday) the scattered shards of glass have been small, although they would cut the feet of walkers and dogs.”
Mr Wurth described the act as “horrendous”, but thankfully the “perpetrator” had not returned since a council officer cleaned up and staked out the area for hours last weekend.
“I told (the officer) that the latest ‘glassing’ was a step up from the daily scattering of mere shards of glass,” Mr Wurth said.
“He said there were even broken beer bottles on the pavement.
“I believe that the perpetrator was out to injure people walking to the beach in the dark possibly before sunrise.”
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said safety was one of council’s highest priorities.
“Council received a report of broken glass on a path way in Battery Hill on Saturday, May 30 and immediately attended to clean up the area,” they said.
“This was the first time council had received a report regarding broken glass in the area, however if there was evidence that it was a recurring problem, council could undertake further investigation and consider referring to the Queensland police.”
The police have been contacted for comment.