Point Walter Golf Course damaged by illegal motorbike riders

Two motorbikes illegally drove through Point Walter Golf Course last Thursday.
Two motorbikes illegally drove through Point Walter Golf Course last Thursday.

CITY of Melville is appealing for information that could help identify two motorbike riders who caused in excess of $10,000 damage to the Point Walter Golf Course last Thursday.

Two unregistered off-road motorbikes tore through the course at 11.45am causing damage to the third and ninth tee and fairways.

City officers managed to capture footage of the pair who were riding red and white and blue and black dirt bikes respectively.

A number of golfers were on the course at the time.

Rectification work costs approximately $12 per square metre of turf, with an estimated total cost to ratepayers of between $10,000 and $16,000 to repair both holes.

It is the second time a motorbike has been observed driving through the course since the start of the year and just one week prior the ninth hole was also discovered badly damaged, though it is not clear whether that incident is related.

City of Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said rangers and the Community Safety Service would conduct patrols at Point Walter Reserve to try and catch the offenders.

“As residents are the City’s extra eyes and ears in our neighbourhoods and suburbs, we need them to be vigilant and report any suspect sightings or help us to identify the culprits,” he said.

It is illegal to take a vehicle on to a reserve with a penalty of up to $5000 applicable on conviction and if the motorbikes are unlicensed further penalties apply.

Anyone with information can contact City rangers on 0418 943 219 or the police on 131 444.