Hoons hit school turf

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Little Grove Primary School principal Darryn Martin with Inset: Some of the damage done by the hoons.
Camera IconLittle Grove Primary School principal Darryn Martin with Inset: Some of the damage done by the hoons. Credit: Laurie Benson

Little Grove Primary School’s oval has been the third targeted by hoons in as many months.

Vandals ripped up parts of the oval last Wednesday night, less than two weeks before the school’s sports carnival was due to be held.

Principal Darryn Martin said staff and students were disappointed by the act.

“While the dollar value of the damage is not substantial, it’s not about the money,” Mr Martin said.

“It’s about the impact on our students during school and on the local community who use the oval for soccer, cricket and recreation outside school hours.”

Mr Martin said the oval would be repaired as much as possible before the sports carnival, but some events would have to be modified to avoid the worst affected areas.

Ten days ago, Denmark’s redeveloped McLean Park had its new turf torn up and an 18-year-old man was subsequently charged with reckless driving.

McLean Park had just been redeveloped by the Shire of Denmark at a cost of more than $1 million.

Turf damage at McLean Park.
Camera IconTurf damage at McLean Park. Credit: Denmark Police

Two days before that, the City of Albany called for information about turf damage at the Chester Pass Roundabout and other areas.

And in July, the Elleker community was left fuming after the Elleker Locos Cricket Club oval was torn up by a driver.

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