Sights set on hoons
TWO hooning incidents in recent weeks in Mareeba have outraged the community, especially the hard-working cricketers and administrators at Firth Park. Police have vowed to catch the offenders before more damage is done.
MINDLESS hoons have ripped up Firth Park, causing safety concerns for cricketers and leaving a hefty damage bill.
The grounds are regularly used by the Mareeba and District under 12s side and other cricket players in the district.
Mareeba Police Station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Derek Garner said this damage was not acceptable and residents should contact Mareeba police if they see anyone committing an offence.
“There have been two incidents in the last five weeks. Whoever is doing this should take a look at themselves because it is a sporting facility used by kids,” he said.
“I would hate to see a situation where clubs cannot use the field.
“It does damage to the field, people could be injured and it takes a long time for the ground to repair itself.”
Senior Sergeant Garner said police were continuing their investigations but if residents had any information they should contact Mareeba Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Mareeba and District under 12s coach Jimmy Bombardieri said the hoons had caused health and safety issues.
He said it was unfortunate this had been happening to the field which could have destroyed the pitch.
“You provide more sport for the community to enjoy and a few individuals try to wreck it for everyone,” he said.
“When teams come to play us at Firth Park it is not a good look to have the ground uneven and churned.”
Mareeba Shire Council mayor Tom Gilmore said council had received reports of the damage made to the field at Firth Park and they do not accept this type of behaviour.
“Deliberately causing wilful damage is unacceptable. These facilities are there for the community to enjoy, not destroy,” he said.