MITCHELL Shire Council has slammed criminals for their repeated attacks on council facilities in Broadford.
Fed up with the vandalism and theft on council property, Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson released a statement explaining how the criminal acts are hurting the whole community.
Over recent months there have been a number of incidents, including most recently at the Broadford Outdoor Pool and the Broadford Living and Learning Centre.
As a result of the damage, council has had to close the facilities for a period of time while the incidents are investigated and the facilities cleaned up.
Calling it a waste of valuable ratepayers’ money, Cr Sanderson said the incidents not only impacted on council but also the local community.
“Every time one of these senseless acts occurs, it has flow on effects for our community,” Cr Sanderson said.
“This is a waste of valuable ratepayers’ money and our staff and our volunteers’ time.”
“Council would much rather invest these resources in our facilities to improve them, rather than to make insurance claims, replace stolen equipment or clean up after vandals.”
“We work hard on a limited budget to provide a range of quality facilities and services for our community.”
“It is quite disheartening when a few people think it is okay to spoil these facilities for the rest of the community.”
Police investigations are continuing into the repeated offences. The latest criminal activity took place last week, with offenders breaking into the Broadford swimming pool, stealing cash, a stereo, food and drink.
Around the same timeframe, offenders have broken into the Broadford Youth Room, gaining entry through a hole in the ceiling of the back patio which had been previously damaged during another break-in.
Victoria Police Crime Prevention Officer, Leading Senior Constable Wendy Willingham said criminal damage is a serious offence.
“People need to be aware that criminal damage is a serious offence and all reports given to police are thoroughly investigated,” she said.
“This damage being caused to council facilities not only inconveniences the council, but all those residents who are wanting to utilise those facilities as well.”
LSC Willingham also advised that if anyone has information regarding acts of criminal damage they should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you witness any incidents happening at the time, it should be immediately reported to 000.