Repeated vandalism at Lennox just not cricket
By STEVE SPINKS email@example.com
THE president of the Lennox Head Combined Sports Association, Darel Vidler, has described the continued vandalism of sporting facilities around the village as a 'kick in the teeth' following the torching of a rubbish bin on a synthetic cricket wicket at Megan Crescent.
On Saturday evening vandals dragged a wheelie bin out to the middle of the Megan Crescent oval and deliberately set fire to it on the synthetic wicket.
Damage has been assessed to be at least $3000 and it could be more if the cement underneath the synthetic mat has been cracked.
It is the third time vandals have set fire to objects at the ground this year.
A car has been torched and only a few weeks ago two wheelie bins next to the amenities block were lit.
The fire could well have burnt down the amenities block but it was contained by residents and the fire brigade.
"The last 10 months the Combined Sports Association and the Ballina Council have had such a good working relationship," Vidler said.
"We've installed lighting at Megan Crescent and Williams Reserve has a new irrigation system.
"But when you get a kick in the teeth like this you wonder if all the hard work you're doing is worth it."
Megan Crescent is used heavily by the Lennox Head Cricket Club with juniors using the ground every weekend and seniors every second weekend.
A decision as to its availability for the rest of summer will be made by council this week.