MINDLESS vandals have smashed 30 windows at three Echuca buildings in an overnight spree.
Campaspe College of Adult Education (CCAE) was the worst hit; with rocks thrown through 25 panes of glass along the front of the Hare St building overnight Wednesday.
Next door, a window at the back of Alton Gallery was smashed, possibly by a broken bottle lying nearby, and the Anglican church hall had four windows shattered.
CCAE manager Karen Hagan said it was hugely disappointing.
‘‘It’s just so mindless,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s frustrating because it interrupts classes and from an aesthetic point of view, it doesn’t look very good.
‘‘It looks like a war zone.
‘‘We’re trying to improve our image and this is not doing anything for us.
‘‘We’re a community based not-for-profit charity so this is disappointing to say the least.’’
Ms Hagan said because it was a heritage-listed building, the panes of glass would not be easy to replace.
‘‘It will cost $100 to replace each pane so that’s about $2500 and if there is damage to the frame, they are handmade,’’ she said.
She said the malicious damage also affected staff and students.
‘‘It’s stressful for staff because the glass has gone all over their desks,’’ she said.
‘‘Because we’re community based, we have a really good family feel and if one staff member or student feels it, we all do.’’
Ms Hagan said although the college had 24-hour security, it was random.
‘‘I would like to see more of a police presence in town in the lead up to Christmas,’’ she said.
‘‘The image we’re giving to tourists of broken windows in the lead up to Christmas is not good.’’
Echuca police are investigating the damage and urge anyone who may have seen anything between 9.30pm Wednesday and 6am yesterday to come forward.
Anyone with information can contact them on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.