Cowra sportsgrounds and parks vandalised

With adult community sport to recommence from Wednesday 1 July as part of the Federal and State Government’s ease on COVID-19 restrictions, recent vandalism to Cowra’s parks and sportsgrounds will come as a blow to the Cowra sporting community.

“This is a very disappointing and regular occurrence Council is currently experiencing,” said General Manager for Cowra Council, Paul Devery.

The green spaces were ravaged early this morning by vandals in what has been a spate of regular attacks on Council’s sportsgrounds and nearby parks.

“Rodwell Oval is the latest casualty in what has been ongoing damage to Council’s recreation areas,” Mr Devery continued.

“River Park, Col Stinson Park, the POW Camp and the Sculpture Park near Bellevue Hill have all experienced significant damage due to vandals destroying the turf with their cars.”

With the recent rain and drop in temperature, the grounds are soft, making them even more vulnerable to the vandalism. The deep ruts and divots will require ongoing maintenance to enable them to recover which will become costly.

“Not only are vandals going for a joyride that is costing the town money, but it is also costing a number of sporting groups the ability to use the fields from July 1.” Mr Devery said.

Council are encouraging residents to contact Cowra Police on 6341 5099 should they witness any acts of vandalism or suspicious behaviour around Council property. Those who have witnessed acts of vandalism, such as cars gaining access to ovals or parks, are asked to forward registration numbers to police.