Vandals wreak havoc in resort

By MURRAY SIMPSON

VANDALS broke into the nearly-completed Twin Towns Harbour Tower Resort turning on water hydrants and causing an estimated $200,000 worth of damage.

The resort, being built by Twin Towns Services Club, was broken into late on Thursday night.

Two men have been arrested and charged over the matter.

Club general manager Rob Smith said it was only by chance that it was noticed something was amiss.

"Our security staff were seeing the night manager off the premises at about midnight when they noticed water running under doors.

"If they hadn't spotted it the flooding could have gone on for hours.

"It was an absolutely senseless thing to do."

Project manager for the contractors Hornibrook Baulderstone, Garrod Gill, said he was one of the first on the scene.

"I was at home in Burleigh when I got the call shortly after midnight on Friday morning from the security staff," he said.

"So I flew straight down and found torrents of water pouring down stairwells and from the atrium or swimming pool level."

"We did a search with police and found two men hiding in a cupboard."

Tweed Heads duty officer Inspector Greg Jago said yesterday two men aged 21 and 22 have been charged with malicious damage.

They have been released on bail to appear on May 1.

Mr Gill said the damage was particularly heartbreaking be-cause a number of damaged apartments had just been completely fitted out with carpets and joinery and were ready for handover.

He said a total of about 12 apartments were affected by water damage on the eastern side of the building between the third and sixth levels where water had got down into the main switchboard, communications room and fire panel.

"We're flat out at the moment drying the carpets with heaters, driers and dehumidifiers, but it will be a day or two before we can assess the damage to the joinery."

Mr Gill said a number of paint pots were also thrown off a balcony.

He said the whole project was scheduled for completion by the June 30.

"We could really do without this. In a worse case scenario it could put us behind a month."



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