Friday, July 8, 2022

Vandals cause $8,000 damage to Lithgow oval

Vandals have caused around $8,000 worth of damage to a sporting oval in Lithgow, as the NSW central tablelands town grapples with flood repairs and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zig Zag Oval in Oakey Park on Bells Road has been closed by Lithgow City Council after the oval’s turf was significantly damaged by vehicles.

“Our recovery from these disasters will be a long process but I have every confidence that the resilience of Council and the community will see us bounce back stronger than ever,” said Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham.

The Mayor said the damage caused by vehicles sliding around Zig Zag Oval will cost the Council approximately $8,000 and see the asset closed to community use for several weeks.

“I am disgusted by this display of disrespect and disregard for the needs of our community during this difficult time,” she said.

“We should not need to gate our assets for their protection. However, should such acts continue, the Council will have no choice. With roads and water infrastructure programmed for urgent renewal, this is a cost that we do not need.”

The Mayor said that due to current cold and wet conditions, it was unlikely the field would be returned to its prior condition before Spring.

Should anyone have information regarding this incident, please contact Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

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