Court nets de­stroyed

Ju­nior ten­nis dis­rupted by van­dal­ism

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

JU­NIOR ten­nis play­ers in Gayn­dah can not use the lo­cal courts be­cause of a sense­less act of van­dal­ism.

Gayn­dah Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Greg Baker is an­gry and dis­ap­pointed that the cus­tom-made nets at the ju­nior courts have been de­stroyed.

Mr Baker dis­cov­ered the dam­age early Satur­day morn­ing while driv­ing past the courts. He re­ported it to po­lice by mak­ing an on­line re­port right away.

“The courts aren’t very old at all, only a few years, we’ve made it known to po­lice and filed an in­ci­dent re­port on­line,” he said.

The spe­cially de­signed ju­nior sized courts were dam­aged with both the nets torn from the wires and strewn about the court.

“We have to get those nets cus­tom made to fit the smaller courts, they are a dif­fer­ent length to what you can buy,” Mr Baker said.

“It will be at least a cou­ple of weeks turn around time be­fore we can have them re­placed, it’s prob­a­bly go­ing to cost around $400 to have them both re­placed.

“On top of that there was a trail of broken beer bot­tles all around the place, then they’ve just gone and ripped the whole thing off.”

The two ju­nior nets will be out of com­mis­sion un­til they can be or­dered and re­placed.

“They are there for the kids to use and we like to leave the courts open af­ter hours for the pub­lic to have a hit with their fam­ily and friends,” Mr Baker said.

“Now there’s a pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing to look into lock­ing the courts out­side of hours which would mean ev­ery­one would miss out un­for­tu­nately.”

Mr Baker said it was very dis­ap­point­ing to see this hap­pen in a small com­mu­nity.

“As a close knit com­mu­nity we are hop­ing some­one knows some­thing and would be will­ing to come for­ward and let us know who did it and those peo­ple will be dealt with ap­pro­pri­ately,” Mr Baker said. Gayn­dah po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the van­dal­ism, if you have any in­for­ma­tion call Crime Stop­pers anony­mously on 1800 333 000 or con­tact the Gayn­dah Po­lice on 4161 1211.

PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

VAN­DALS: Greg Baker, with daugh­ter Zoe, is dis­ap­pointed to see van­dal­ism in a close com­mu­nity. LEFT: The dam­age done to the nets was ex­ten­sive.

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