Friday, June 21, 2024

Bega condemns senseless vandalism of amenities block

Bega Valley Shire Council has reported what it has described as a “senseless wave of vandalism” at an Eden sportsground to local police.

The Council says vandals destroyed the door of the Barclay Street Pavilion accessible toilet and caused extensive damage to the main toilet block, forcing both facilities to close last night.

Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick said the vandalism was a waste of public funds.

“Whoever is doing this, whether one person or a group, should understand that money spent to repair needless vandalism comes from our general fund, diverting money away from public projects to spend on repairs,” Mayor Fitzpatrick said.

“These assets do not just belong to Council, they are community assets.

“We mustn’t forget the serious impact this has on vulnerable people in the community. Aged residents in particular rely on toilet blocks being open and having them unexpectedly close can cause distress.

“This is extremely frustrating to see right before the Christmas period.

“Each of the incidents have been reported to the local police and we urge anyone with information to report it to Crime Stoppers.”

Council says the facilities at the sportsground were damaged on the evenings of Saturday 16 December, Sunday 17 December and Monday 18 December.

Anyone with information relating to the vandalism should report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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