ORANGE Hockey Association says it is out of answers responding to regular vandalism at its sporting facilities in Moad Street.
Secretary Marion Eslick visited Orange Hockey Centre on October 8 to find a break-in at the clubhouse.
Fire extinguishers had been removed from the walls and sprayed around the building, the canteen roller door had been broken and perpetual trophies dating back to the 1950s had been spray painted.
Two windows were smashed and forced entry had been attempted on two other doors.
We’re all volunteers and we just want to come and walk on the turf without wondering if we’re going to step on a needle.Orange Hockey Association president Michelle Stevenson
The spray painting efforts were also extended outdoors, with lewd tags covering the outside of the building and footpaths.
Previous attacks included damage to seating areas, fences and the lower field when tyres were set on fire.
Ms Eslick said it was heartbreaking to discover the devastation and president Michelle Stevenson said the club’s 1100 registered members could not continue covering the cost of repairs.
She said most weeks, the committee needed to clean the field of anything from broken glass to human faeces and the club could not host a state championship while the problem persisted.
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“We’re all volunteers and we just want to come and walk on the turf without wondering if we’re going to step on a needle,” she said.
Ms Stevenson hoped Orange City Council, which owns the site, could assist with the clean-up or extra security measures.
Council spokesman Nick Redmond said it was disappointing when a small number of people caused damage to community facilities, which had taken many hours of community fundraising to build.
"Like other sporting clubs which lease council-owned property, it’s the hockey club’s responsibility to then manage maintenance of the buildings and that includes handling repairs after damage like this," he said.
"Council staff have visited the site and inspected the damage, and we’ll be looking to do what can be done."
Mr Redmond said the council had responded to past requests from the club and had helped with measures aiming to prevent future damage.
"A grant of $15,000 a few years ago helped with the cost of installing security fencing," he said.
"One of the community CCTV cameras is mounted at the hockey centre, and the process has begun for police to view the vision that was captured of any activity around the centre over the weekend when the damage occurred."
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