Spate of dam­age

The spring school hol­i­day pe­riod has started with a sour note, with a spate of ma­li­cious dam­age re­ported to De­niliquin Po­lice at the week­end.

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Van­dals have tar­geted De­niliquin South School, De­niliquin TAFE, Scott’s Park in De­niliquin’s west and two house­boats moored be­hind the Pep­pin Her­itage Cen­tre in De­niliquin’s CBD.

Bro­ken win­dows were re­ported in three lo­ca­tions, and fur­ther dam­age was caused in the park’s toi­let blocks.

Ed­ward River House­boat own­ers Neil Goudie and Yvonne Lloyd said learn­ing of the sense­less act of van­dal­ism Sun­day morn­ing was just another blem­ish on 2020.

For it to come at a time when lo­cal tourism is just start­ing to ramp up again is a huge in­con­ve­nience, they said.

‘‘We are just bro­ken hearted,’’ Ms Lloyd said Sun­day morn­ing.

‘‘The win­dows on both boats were smashed, and some rocks went straight through and damaged the cur­tains too.

‘‘When the Beach to Beach Walk was cre­ated we raised con­cerns with the coun­cil (then De­niliquin Coun­cil) that the rock fill on the banks may lead to this sort of thing.

‘‘You can see where the rocks have been re­moved and ob­vi­ously thrown.’’

Mr Goudie said this is the first time the boats have been tar­geted by van­dals in about five years, but he said it was once a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence.

‘‘If we had big­ger rocks, it might be a bit more of a de­ter­rent,’’ he said.

‘‘This is a case of the wrong rocks in the wrong place, but I don’t un­der­stand why any­one would want to cause this sort of dam­age any­way.

‘‘Our sea­son is just start­ing af­ter win­ter and COVID-19, and now we have to deal with this.’’

The dam­age to the house­boats was dis­cov­ered just af­ter 9am Sun­day, by a com­mu­nity mem­ber us­ing the walk.

The dam­age at Scott’s Park was dis­cov­ered by a clean­ing at­ten­dant at 7.30am Satur­day.

The new and old toi­let blocks were both tar­geted, with sinks, sink pipes and win­dows all bro­ken.

Po­lice said there was also dam­age to a sen­sor light, baby change ta­ble and to the seat of the dis­abled toi­let.

The dam­age was caused some­time af­ter 2.45pm Fri­day, and po­lice say they are re­view­ing CCTV from the area.

The bro­ken win­dow at De­niliquin South School was re­ported at 10.30am Satur­day, and is be­lieved to have oc­curred af­ter 5.30pm Fri­day.

Based on the pat­tern of the break, po­lice be­lieve the damaged was caused by a ball.

Dam­age at De­niliquin TAFE was re­ported at 7.30pm Mon­day morn­ing.

Five fly­screens were re­moved from the can­teen and strewn around the grounds, but po­lice con­firmed no en­try was gained to the can­teen.

Bricks and a door stop were also strewn through the grounds, and a texta was used to write graf­fiti. Po­lice said the phrases match those re­ported on the playground equip­ment at De­niliquin’s Ed­ward Pri­mary School on Septem­ber 22.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on either in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact po­lice on 5881 9299.

Yvonne Lloyd and Neil Goudie were dis­tressed to dis­cover on Sun­day their house­boats had been the tar­get of van­dals.

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