Kids? lack of respect frustrates bowlers
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
DON Stitt has had a gutful.
President of Alumina Bowls Club, Mr Stitt helped carry thousands of squares of turf for the new bowling green surrounds this week, only for it to be vandalised. He shook with anger yesterday as he told of continued acts of vandalism.
'Our membership have had a gutful and they want something done about it,' Mr Stitt said.
Alumina Bowls Club members aged from 65 to 81 years old have spent the past week working on the new bowls area at Yaralla Sports Club but local kids have laughed in their faces.
Canopies have been slashed, push bikes ridden on the green and scoreboard numbers strewn around the area.
Dogs have dug holes in the green and the clubhouse was broken into.
Members have tried reasoning with the vandals, mainly youths, when they are caught in the act, to no avail.
"This kid rode right past me on his bike on the green,' Mr Stitt said.
'I asked him to stop, he just laughed at me.'
Mr Stitt said he had never seen this level of vandalism before and said if it continued the green may be unplayable. "It requires a lot of tender loving care and it has to be kept completely level,' Mr Stitt said.
'We had the best green in the region.'
More than anything, Mr Stitt was shocked at the utter lack of respect the children showed.
'We are utterly disgusted,' Mr Stitt said.'Why do children have to be so destructive? I put a lot of blame on the parents.'
Mr Stitt asked parents to take responsibility for their children and said he was angry about the lengths the bowls club may be forced to go to in an effort to have security.
'Everybody is that cranky but what can we do about it?' Mr Stitt said.
'Put up an eight-foot fence with barbed wire? You would feel like you were in a prison, just to play bowls.
'Is that what we have to do?'