Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Security Boost at the Park; Trespassers: You've Been Warned

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Security Boost at the Park; Trespassers: You've Been Warned

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HELEN

SPELITIS

helen.spelitis@qt.com.au

AUTHORITIES have issued a warning to would-be 'ghost hunters' trespassing at the former Goodna Asylum for the Insane; stay away or risk being punished.

It comes amid a security beef-up in response to a new trend with large groups caught trying to sneak in.

For years police have wasted countless man hours chasing away teens and thrill seekers from the facility that might have a dark past but is now a safe-haven for those dealing with mental health issues.

This year the precinct has experienced a spike in uninvited visitors with police stepping up patrols and handing out fines to groups from Brisbane, and as far as the Gold Coast.

Now the police and West Moreton Hospital Health Service, which manages the property, will step up their efforts to keep the intruders out.

The State Government has been forced to spend taxpayers' dollars on heightened security at The Park, Centre for Mental Health, repairing destroyed fencing, upgrading CCTV and reviewing public access points. …

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