Biloela club fed up with vandals
THE Biloela Valleys Football Club was targeted by young vandals last Saturday night during a rugby league match that was happening on the adjacent field.
The incident involved young kids swinging on the soccer goal post, causing a crossbar to snap.
Police were called to investigate the incident but Biloela Valleys FC president Bradley Smith believed they didn't do a satisfactory job to resolve the situation.
"The way the cops were when they rocked up that night, they may as well not even bothered,” Mr Smith said. "They didn't care.
"The police said they didn't intentionally try to do this. Whether they meant to or not is irrelevant.”
Smith said that vandalism was something that was all too familiar with sporting clubs around Biloela.
"I know that footy has had their building broken into and it's random damage by kids because they don't know any better,” Mr Smith said.
"It's the same thing every year; it's just basically when it's going to happen.
"It's the second time it's happened to the goals this year.
"It's minor damage, but it's to our equipment and same thing happened last year to both goals.”
To add salt to the wound, Valleys vice president Joshua Harlick said an unidentified person drove on the soccer fields, leaving tyre marks from attempted burnouts.
"Possibly Sunday night or Monday, because we had a home game Sunday, so had to be in that time-frame,” Mr Harlick said.
"There's a few cameras around, by the looks of these car tracks, they've driven around the field and back towards the skate park,” Mr Smith said.
"Hopefully the football cameras caught something.”
Mr Harlick said installing cameras was on the agenda for the not-for-profit club.
"The next thing we've got to do is get cameras.
"We need funding and fundraisers to put us in the position where we can get cameras.
"They've done it with the intention of wanting to do damage.”
Biloela Police Senior Sergeant Nick Paton said in their inquiry, they found that the vandals had not intended to break the goal post.
"We got a report about it at 8.30pm last Saturday night while the football was on,” Snr Srg Paton said.
"Police went over there and made some inquiries and it sounded like young kids had been playing and swinging on the goal posts.
"The post was weak and snapped and it really it wasn't intentional, there was no intent behind the damage.
"We're not taking any action against anyone in regards to charges and wilful damage.”