Trevor Kirk stands in front of new security screens protecting glass windows at the Football Gympie club house.
Trevor Kirk stands in front of new security screens protecting glass windows at the Football Gympie club house. Renee Pilcher

Vandals attack football club

VANDALS have cost Football Gympie a staggering $20,000 this year.

Club president Trevor Kirk said new security measures and replacement glass padded out the bill, but they were necessary items to ensure the club’s security into the future.

Police have arrested one boy, 16, for smashing windows at the club overnight on June 12.

Acting Officer in Charge of the Gympie Criminal Investigation Bureau Senior Sergeant Dion Southey said the boy was dealt with by police and would not be appearing in children’s court for the wilful damage of the club.

For the graffiti and smashed windows at the club overnight on June 10, Snr Sgt Southey said the police investigation was still open.

But it is believed police have also questioned five other youths.

It’s fair to say volunteers at Football Gympie are devastated money that would have been used to develop soccer for Gympie kids had to be spent on the security of the club. Something, Mr Kirk said, was never needed before.

“We think someone should pay for it,” he said this week. “People get punished more for urinating in public then for wrecking things.

“We think the parents should be responsible for the $20,000.”

The hardest thing for the club to understand is why someone would target a club that raised money for its players off the back of countless hours of volunteer work.

Mr Kirk said he, like the other volunteers, spent every Saturday working at the club and holidays for no reward – all to help the kids.

“We’re trying to move forward and hope the people that did this can respect our facilities (in the future).”

Snr Sgt Southey said police welcomed any information about the wilful damage at Football Gympie and urged the public to contact Gympie Police on 5480 1111 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you think the punishment of juveniles needs to be stepped up to deter them from committing more crimes email you thoughts to editor@gympietimes.com

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