Vandals have snapped a goal post and severely bent another at Echuca East Primary School’s oval.ZACH HUBBER April 18, 2014 3:22am
Echuca East Primary School principal Lyn Strachan has been left frustrated after vandals snapped a goal post and severely bent another on the school’s oval.
‘‘It’s a great community resource, so it’s a shame that a few people have ruined it for everyone,’’ Mrs Strachan said.
One post was bent across the weekend before another was snapped overnight Tuesday.
Local businessman Paul McKenzie donated the posts to the school in April last year after receiving a letter from then grade 5 student Lleyton Dunne-Tumbas, as part of a school fundraising effort for new posts.
Mrs Strachan said the posts would cost more than $1000 to replace and new ones needed to be erected in time for the coming interschool football season.
‘‘First we have to source them and secondly we don’t know how long they’ll take to arrive,’’ she said.
‘‘It comes out of the school budget and obviously the kids can’t play on the East oval because it’s been decommissioned.’’
Mrs Strachan asked neighbours of the school to call police if they saw any act of vandalism.
‘‘We’ve been working really hard on our relationship with our neighbours and that’s really minimalised the vandalism we’ve had,’’ she said.
Echuca police Senior Sergeant Mick Carroll said Mrs Strachan had reported the vandalism and asked if police could patrol the area more regularly.
‘‘We have tasked a van to patrol the school at night-time and during the evening,’’ he said.
Anyone with information can contact Echuca police on 5482
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