Thieves’ greed a set­back for gym

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - CRIME Scott Tibballs

THE Mossman Gym­nas­tics Club has been struck by op­por­tunis­tic thieves, who did away with desks, a fil­ing cab­i­net and glass shelves in­tended to be sold to raise money for the club.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing – it’s one more thing af­ter fac­ing the chal­lenges of find­ing a new home,” said club trea­surer Prue Borzi.

“Then to have part of our fundrais­ing money taken away is a kick in the guts – they’re tak­ing away from the com­mu­nity.”

The fur­ni­ture had been stored out­side while the club com­pleted its move into its new home at Pin­jarra Place.

The club was sell­ing the fur­ni­ture as part of an agree­ment with the owner of the build­ing to split the prof­its. The fur­ni­ture had been left be­hind by the pre­vi­ous ten­ant.

Pin­jarra Place is only just large enough for the club’s equip­ment, so fur­ni­ture al­ready on the site was moved out­side and be­ing sold.

While stor­ing items out­side wasn’t ideal, Ms Borzi said the size and weight of the fur­ni­ture should have been enough to dis­cour­age thieves.

“They would have needed at least two peo­ple to move one of those desks.”

The money raised through the sale of the fur­ni­ture was to go to­wards the on­go­ing re­fit of the prop­erty.

The thieves also dam­aged an­other desk (pic­tured) bring­ing the to­tal cost to $700 in stolen and dam­aged goods.

The move from the In­door Sports Cen­tre has oth­er­wise gone smoothly, with all the equip­ment now housed at Pin­jarra Place.

Ms Ben­der and Ms Borzi said the club would be ready for a planned open day on Jan­uary 28 - which will also be sign-on day for 2017.

Hol­i­day classes and kinder­gym will op­er­ate over the hol­i­days as well.

The club has a new con­tact num­ber, 4098 1702. To do­nate to the club and help it se­cure its lease on its new home, do­nate to their gofundme cam­paign, which can be found through their Face­book page.

Pic­tures: SCOTT TIBBALLS

Mossman Gym Club man­ager Hay­ley Ben­der and club trea­surer Prue Borzi are happy to be at the club’s new home at Pin­jarra Place, which has helped se­cure the clubs fu­ture.

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