Vandals damage BITS golf course

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GOLFERS may find the greens at the BITS golf Club are a little rough following substantial damage caused by vandals at the weekend.

Police are investigating a possible link between the damage to the grounds and equipment at the Boyne Island Tannum Sands sports fields and a party in the industrial estate nearby.

Calliope Shire Council parks and recreation manager Jeff Kidner said the wanton destruction of the property was disappointing.

"They damaged three greens by digging the cups out of the ground and pulled bunker rakes through the greens,'' he said.

The vandals damaged a cricket club roller by releasing it to careen down a slope and they damaged a hut.

"The estimated damage is about $1500, so it's not so much the cost but the inconvenience it causes to the ground staff and the players.''

Gladstone District crime tactician Senior Sergeant Mike Dixon said the vandalism was believed to have happened overnight Saturday.

"The damage was caused by a small number of people, but it's ruined a sporting facility enjoyed by hundreds of people,'' Snr Sgt Dixon said.

"This should act as a reminder to parents to speak to their children about their activities and be mindful of what they're doing.''

Anyone with information is asked to phone Gladstone Police on 4971 3222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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