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Anyone with information that could assist police catch those responsible for the damage to the park in Carey’s Lane Harwood is asked to contact 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Image: Contributed

Vandals tear up park

Geoff Helisma |

Vandals have torn up the grass in the park adjacent to the Big River Sailing Club in Harwood.

It’s a particularly raw event for the club, as it is still recovering from the January 2 storm that destroyed its clubhouse and subsequent vandalism.

“Disgusting behaviour in the remaining amenities block left doors kicked in, mirrors smashed, soap dispensers broken, and a faecal mess left in the ladies shower, while alcohol cans and bottles were left strewn about,” the club’s commodore, Hariet Woodrow, said.

“Last Thursday night [July 5] the park grounds were torn up by hooning vehicles after the recent rain.”
Ms Woodrow said the Harwood slipway’s caretaker alerted her and police were called.
She said the sailing club’s members mow and maintain the park grounds “for the enjoyment of the wider Harwood community”.
“I felt like crying when I saw the destruction,” she said.
“The club is working to repair the old amenities and reinstate a clubhouse; we all look after the park for locals to enjoy.
“It’s so disappointing and totally thoughtless.
“If someone knows who is doing this I hope they get called out on it and shamed.”

Meanwhile, at the June Clarence Valley Council meeting, councillors approved a $1,366.70 in-kind donation towards reconstruction of the clubhouse, in the form of a 50 per cent fee waiver for the related development application and construction certificate fees.

The donation was approved as per the council’s donation policy for buildings, managed by community based non-profit organisations, which are located on council-owned or Crown land.

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.