Just not cricket: vandals attack Greenvale oval

Damage at Greenvale Recreation Reserve  
Stupidity: Damage at Greenvale Recreation Reserve.

A person or persons have this week driven a vehicle around in a foolhardy manner on oval number one at the Greenvale Recreation Reserve, just days before a premier-level cricket final.

The vandals left tyre marks across the cricket ground, perhaps as a temporary reminder of pure stupidity.

The culprits damaged the pitch, as well as covers that were laid to protect the pitch from heavy rain on Thursday morning.

The offenders also pushed around a sight screen which was designed to help batsmen see the ball more clearly.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was very frustrated.

“Why would people want to do this?” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“It is a callous crime by individuals who give little thought to anyone but themselves.

“Our officers work hard to maintain the Greenvale Recreation Reserve, and this act hurts the morale of everyone.

“I call on those responsible to show some courage and confess their actions to Victoria Police.

“People who damage reserves that are owned by the entire community should face justice.”

Hume City Council suspects that the crime took place on the night of Wednesday 9 March 2016.

The offenders entered the oval though a boom gate at its northern end.

Earlier this year, in January and February, thieves stole copper cables from Sunbury’s Eric Boardman Memorial Reserve and Sunbury Recreation Reserve (Clarke Oval).

In one instance, offenders broke a padlock to a switchboard and pulled a cable directly out of the ground.

Cr Patsikatheodorou asked everyone to look out for people who act suspiciously around Council’s reserves.

“Ratepayers invest a lot of money in sporting reserves across the community, and this sort of damage is such a waste,” she said.

“Hume wants to maintain first-class sporting reserves for the enjoyment of everyone, and I call on people with information about any illegal behaviour to contact police.”

In April and May 2015, vandals used a vehicle to churn up turf at the Barrymore Road Recreation Reserve in Greenvale, Lakeside Reserve in Roxburgh Park, and Carrick Drive Reserve in Gladstone Park.

The incident at Barrymore Road Recreation Reserve forced the Greenvale United Soccer Club to cancel an entire day of matches.

Anyone with information about the recent damage at Greenvale Recreation Reserve, located on Section Road, should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 11 March 2016

Updated : 6:12 PM, 11 March 2016

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