Smash attack at little athletics field

Damage to fence at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve in Meadow Heights
Criminal rampage: Vandals destroy part of a fence at Meadow Heights.

Reckless hoons have smashed into a fence which surrounds the athletics track at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve in Meadow Heights.

The individuals also destroyed an area which is used regularly for dog obedience training, after they used a vehicle to craft doughnuts on the wet grass.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was appalled at the behaviour.

“This really disgusts me,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“So many people rely on our reserves, and these individuals have caused such a mess.

“Hume’s families will be shocked when they see the fence to the athletics track in such a terrible state.

“And it will be almost impossible for dog owners to train their canines on ground that is now a montage of dirt tracks.

“The people who did this to our community must be brought to justice, because their behaviour lets everyone down.”

Officers from Hume City Council will roll the damaged turf, before they re-level the ground and sow grass seeds.

Council will also organise for the fence to be repaired as soon as possible.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said someone must know who was responsible for the destruction.

“While many people will be put out by this criminal act, the cost of the repair bill is shared by every single ratepayer,” she said.

“We must now spend money to fix the turf and the fence, and those dollars could have been put towards something new, somewhere else.

“If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact Hume City Council and Victoria Police immediately.

“We want Meadow Heights to be safe, and these hoons should drive themselves out of town.”

In March, vandals used a vehicle to damage a cricket pitch at the Greenvale Recreation Reserve, just days before a premier-level final.

The incident happened soon after thieves stole copper cables from Sunbury’s Eric Boardman Memorial Reserve and Sunbury Recreation Reserve (Clarke Oval).

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the latest act of stupidity has come only weeks before Council commences work to upgrade the pavilion at the John Ilhan Memorial Reserve.

“We plan to improve the change rooms and construct a meeting space to support the Hume Little Athletics Club,” she said.

“Hume City Council shall also build new car spaces and install lights to help soccer players who train at night.”

People with details about the criminal damage at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve should call Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200 and Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 13 May 2016

Updated : 10:03 AM, 13 May 2016

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