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The cost of vandalism

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January 18, 2018

Repeated acts of vandalism and theft at Council facilities are hurting the community, according to Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson.

Repeated acts of vandalism and theft at Council facilities are hurting the community, according to Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson.

In recent months there have been a number of incidents of vandalism and theft at Council facilities, including most recently at the Broadford outdoor pool and the Broadford youth room.

Cr Sanderson said each incident had an impact on the community.

‘‘Every time one of these senseless acts occurs, it has flow-on effects for our community,’’ Cr Sanderson said.

‘‘Sometimes the facilities will need to close for a period of time while the incidents are investigated or while the facilities are cleaned-up.

‘‘This is a waste of valuable ratepayers’ money and our staff and our volunteers’ time.

Cr Sanderson said Council would much rather invest resources into improving their facilities, rather than making insurance claims, replacing stolen equipment or cleaning up after vandals.

‘‘We work hard on a limited budget to provide a range of quality facilities and services for our community,’’ Cr Sanderson said.

‘‘It is quite disheartening when a few people think it is okay to spoil these facilities for the rest of the community.’’

Victoria Police crime prevention officer Wendy Willingham said criminal damage was a serious offence and all reports given to police are thoroughly investigated.

‘‘This damage being caused to Council facilities not only inconveniences the Council, but all those residents who are wanting to utilise those facilities as well,’’ she said.

If anyone has any information on any crime across Mitchell Shire, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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