HANKY PANKY HOTSPOT: Redbank's Pan Pacific Peace Gardens are a magnet for gay men hooking up.
HANKY PANKY HOTSPOT: Redbank's Pan Pacific Peace Gardens are a magnet for gay men hooking up. Rob Williams

Gay sex park romps red hot at Redbank

A PEACEFUL Redbank park has become a popular gay pick-up joint with sex acts between men now taking place day and night.

But the lovebirds are set to get captured on film as Ipswich City Council moves to install cameras to catch the culprits engaging in the lewd behaviour at the Pan Pacific Peace Gardens.

The QT has been told that men are arriving at all times of the day and evening and that Ipswich residents have been turning up with their families to be confronted by men engaged in sexual intercourse in the bushes, toilets and on the picnic tables.

Councillors and police have received complaints from outraged residents, upset that a soothing park adjacent to the Ipswich Motorway has become a hotbed of male sex and seduction.

The QT received a letter from a resident who said he was disgusted by the behaviour going on in broad daylight.

Information about the Redbank park is available on internet hookup sites with 'Cruising Gays' boasting it has "very secluded spots".

NAUGHTY BUSINESS: Toilets at the notorious Redbank park.
NAUGHTY BUSINESS: Toilets at the notorious Redbank park. Rob Williams

Several Ipswich hook-up locations are apparently well publicised on certain internet sites, but particularly for men in south-east Queensland.

The Goodna toilet block in Brisbane Terrace is one that apparently attracts a crowd as diverse as "tradies, truckers, younger and older types".

The Pan Pacific Peace Gardens has long been associated with the lewd and rude.

Back in 2011 the QT reported similar activities when Senior Sergeant Bruce Peel pointed out that, depending on how serious the circumstances were, people caught having sex in parks could face criminal charges and up to two years in prison.

Some of the sex-related charges that offenders could face include wilful exposure, public nuisance and indecent acts.

A police source told the QT yesterday that police had undertaken operations at the Pan Pacific Peace Gardens and in other areas where such shenanigans take place in Ipswich.

Rounding up those engaged in the hanky panky is not always easy to do.

"Catching them with their pants down is the hard part," the police source said.

Division 2 councillor Paul Tully said he had taken action to protect the community and put a stop to the conduct at the park.

"There are two major entrances to the park, one on the Goodna end and one on the Redbank end, and I've asked that the Goodna end be locked off," Cr Tully said.

"We are looking at installing cameras there with warning signs.

"We have liaised with police to have patrols through the area but it is just unacceptable that these activities are being conducted in a very popular local park in Ipswich."



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