City de­clares turf war on ju­nior foot­ball oval van­dals

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

A JU­NIOR foot­ball oval in Clark­son suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age after a ve­hi­cle tore through the turf last week.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the June 28 in­ci­dent at An­thony War­ing Re­serve, which the Times un­der­stands in­volved some­one hooning around the oval in a white Toy­ota Hilux ute, which ended up on its roof and was aban­doned.

The City of Wan­neroo fenced off the worst-af­fected ar­eas last Fri­day. As­sets di­rec­tor Har­min­der Singh de­scribed it as an “ir­re­spon­si­ble and sense­less act”.

“A bol­lard was de­stroyed and re­moved for a ve­hi­cle to gain ac­cess on to An­thony War­ing Re­serve, which caused an es­ti­mated $7000 of dam­age to turf and ir­ri­ga­tion,” he said.

“All re­pair works were com­pleted on Fri­day with the ex­cep­tion of re-turf­ing, which is sched­uled to be com­pleted through­out this week. The City will li­aise with clubs to en­sure ad­e­quate ar­eas within the park are avail­able for train­ing.”

Quinns Districts Ju­nior Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Joe Mur­ray said mem­bers had not been able to train at their home ground for a few days.

Mr Mur­ray said there were no games planned for the next cou­ple of weeks, but they planned to have bouncy cas­tles at a fam­ily event at the re­serve this Sun­day.

“We are a lit­tle bit for­tu­nate that it’s hap­pened be­fore the school hol­i­days,” he said. “We have got a gala day next week­end (July 8) so we are hop­ing it’s re­cov­ered enough.”

Any­one who wit­nessed this in­ci­dent or sim­i­lar be­hav­iour can call WA Po­lice on 131 444 and no­tify the City on 9405 5000.

Pic­ture: WA Po­lice

Tyre marks tore through the turf.

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