ORANGE Hockey Association will receive up to $15,000 for security cameras in the wake of a series of attacks on Orange Hockey Centre.
Orange City Council passed the resolution on Wednesday night after councillor Jason Hamling raised a motion from the chair.
Also the chairman of the council’s sport and recreation committee, Cr Hamling said he, mayor Reg Kidd and community services director Scott Maunder met with the hockey association to examine the damage caused when youngsters engaged in a crime spree last month, followed by a fire set to the turf on November 4.
Despite an early statement from the council maintenance and security was a matter for the association, Cr Hamling said the council needed to help out.
“It’s a start for us to show some good will,” he said.
The damage on October 8 included damage to most of the clubhouse’s roller doors, smashed glass, spray painted trophies, walls and footpaths and emptied fire hydrants.
Cr Hamling said the funds could enable alarms and back-to-base monitoring to be re-established, in addition to extra cameras.
Association president Michelle Stevenson welcomed the news.
“We were pleased they came to the party to help us,” she said.
Cr Hamling said volunteers had been sinking money into security measures when they would rather put it into the facility and Ms Stevenson agreed.
She hoped to have the cameras in place by the next school holidays.
“A lot of it seems to happen in the school holiday break when people get bored,” she said.
Councillor Joanne McRae, who has previously played and coached hockey at the centre, said other community activities held at the centre might reduce the problems.
“I’ve been playing on the field when things have been thrown over the fences, I’ve been one of the coaches picking up pieces of glass so while I commend improving the security, I think we also need to look at how we can work with the local residents, particularly to ensure it’s not a place that’s separate to the community there,” she said.
Glenroi Community Group intends to hold more events on Glenroi Oval.
The council is still to discuss how to address a closed laneway behind Glenroi Heights Public School, which vandals have been breaking through and using anyway.
Ms Stevenson said she opposed reopening it.
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