SURF lifesavers were “devastated” to find their Yanchep club broken into and vehicles damaged after the Anzac Day long weekend.
Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club vice president Sharon Taylor said someone broke into the Brazier Road club between 4pm on April 25 and 9am the following day.
“The club was broken into on Anzac Day evening, a day of respect and acknowledgment,” she said.
“Instead some scum have destroyed our vehicles which we use to access the beach to provide lifesaving services.
“The damage to our vehicles has rendered them non-operational, including the lifeguard vehicle which is stored in our club.
“These are the only vehicles we have to transport equipment to the beach.
“We can no longer conduct vital training in the off season as we cannot get our inflatable rescue boat to the beach.
“The club has recently purchased a fridge from a community sponsorship and that has been destroyed.
“As a volunteer lifesaving service, all our equipment is purchased through community support and the tireless work of our members.
“We will be doing a full audit of our equipment on the weekend to ensure we have noted anything that may have been stolen.
“Everyone is devastated; we are just disappointed and absolutely gutted that members of the community lack respect for others.”
Yanchep Police are investigating. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Club construction on track for November finish
CONSTRUCTION of Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club’s $6.78 million future home started on February 29, and is due to finish in November.
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts inspected the works this month and said surf club members and swimmers would be able to use the new facilities next summer.
“The local community has waited patiently for this new facility that will comprise club rooms, change-rooms, storage, first-aid facilities, office facilities and car parking,” she said.
North Coast Ward councillors Linda Aitken, Natalie Sangalli and Sabine Winton, and representatives from the surf club also attended.
A City spokeswoman said CCTV would not be included in the new building, but it would benefit from passive surveillance as it will be “well within the public view” unlike the existing building.
“It will also have a security system and alarms,” she said.