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A picnic table recently installed near the Clutha River has been vandalised, causing anger among some of the people behind the community project.

The wooden picnic table, which was recently placed along the river trail as part of a beautification project, had its top damaged, just weeks after it was installed.

Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful funded the materials, and members of the Alexandra Menz Shed built three of the tables, two of which had been placed at a picnic area, near the town’s boat ramp.

Damage control . . . One of the tables (far left) alongside the Clutha River, in Alexandra, which is under repair after someone damaged it. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Barrie Wills, a Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful member, said hours of work had gone to waste.

“It makes you just about cry.

“It’s so frustrating [when] you try to do something around town to tidy the place up [and then it is destroyed].”

Mr Wills said Alexandra Menz Shed members crafted three of the eight-sided picnic tables, but “luckily” one had yet to be installed.

Alexandra Menz Shed member Brian Taylor said, of the two already placed on the river’s edge, one had not been damaged.

He said the group, which was alerted to the damage on Monday, last week, had removed the tops of both tables.

“We’ll figure out a way to make them stronger.”

The tables had been cemented and tied down so no-one could remove them.

“But, somebody decided to break the top instead,” Mr Taylor said.

A “design-fault” was now being rectified to help prevent the problem recurring, he said.