City declares turf war on junior football oval vandals
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.
Tyre marks tore through the turf.