Sportspark damaged by hoons
THE Whitsunday Sports Park at Jubilee Pocket was subjected to vandalism last weekend.
Sports park committee vice president Barb Admason said the park hosted an AFL game on Saturday, after which "everything was fine". Ms Adamson returned to the ground at 11am on Sunday and noticed no change, but on Monday at 7am, she was greeted with a very different scene.
"Someone had got in through the fence - the fence was broken - and driven in circles on the oval," Ms Adamson said.
Ms Adamson described the oval as "pretty badly cut up," saying the tyre tracks ran reasonably deep.
"We keep trying to get a fence around the grounds. This is not the first time the oval has been abused," she said.
Sports park committee president Steve Tween said this was basically wilful damage of property.
"It may only be grass, but it's important grass to us," Mr Tween said.
"It's a total disregard for the people who play sport there," he said.
Mr Tween said apart from the cost of repairing the fence, volunteers would now have to rake the ground, fill in the grooves and hope for grass to grow before the next games were scheduled to be played.
Whitsunday FC premier league coach Anthony Nobilia said his club's most recent games were cancelled because of the rain "but even if it had been dry the field may still have been unplayable due to this senseless and dangerous act vandalism".
"It is really disappointing that someone would do that to our field, especially so close to our first home game of the season," he said.