12 January 2018
Repeated acts of vandalism and theft at Council facilities is hurting the community most, according to Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson.
Over recent months there have been a number of incidents of vandalism and theft at Council facilities, including most recently at Broadford Outdoor Pool and the Broadford Youth Room.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said each incident had an impact on the community.
“Every time one of these senseless acts occurs, it has flow on effects for our community,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Sometimes the facilities will need to close for a period of time while the incidents are investigated or while the facilities are cleaned-up.
“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 OK to spoil these facilities for the rest of the community.
“We encourage anyone with any information about the incidents to contact Victoria Police.”
Victoria Police Crime Prevention Officer Wendy Willingham said criminal damage was a serious offence.
“People need to be aware that criminal damage is a serious offence and all reports given to police are thoroughly investigated,” Leading Senior Constable Willingham said.
“Anyone who has information regarding any acts of criminal damage should contact Crime Stoppers or if you are witnessing any incidents happening at the time, it should immediately be reported to 000.
“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.”
If anyone has any information on any crime across Mitchell Shire, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.