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