Vandals hit bowls club

By Riverine Herald

VOLUNTEERS at the City of Echuca Bowls Club are gutted after vandals caused about $1000 damage earlier this week.

It is the second time the club has been targeted in almost four months.

Three young males were captured on CCTV footage about 2am Monday emptying cigarette holders, knocking over bins and kicking in six Colorbond fencing panels at the Ogilvie Ave bowling green.

‘‘They didn’t even steal anything. It’s just malicious damage,’’ president Pat Schram said.

‘‘It’s really distressing and disappointing.

‘‘We are a small community club run by volunteers and now we have to make more money to cover the cost of the damage.’’

Ms Schram said on Christmas Eve last year, vandals rode their scooters across the greens, damaging them.

‘‘Our greens are our greatest asset,’’ she said.

‘‘We put a lot of time and effort into them to ensure they’re the best in the entire area and these people rode across and left deep track marks. So when members bowled a bowl, it would go into these track marks.

‘‘We are a fundraising club and we work for every dollar we’ve got and when things like this happen, it means more work for the club members.’’

Police are investigating and Senior Constable James Scambler of Echuca Criminal Investigation Unit is appealing to the public for help to solve the crime.

‘‘This is a sporting group run by volunteers. They don’t need this,’’ he said.

‘‘We would urge anyone who saw anything or has any information to come forward,’’ he said.

People can contact Echuca police on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.