Thieves have targeted the club, which has 82 members, three times since January and twice in the past month, with the most recent burglary clearing out their canteen over the WA Day long weekend. Club president Nic Marshall estimated as much as $5000 in stock and equipment, thousands of dollars of which had been obtained with hard-fought-for grant funding, had been stolen.
Around 80 per cent of the club’s visitors are children.
‘All of the money we get goes towards the track and the kids to make the place better,’ he said.
Among the items stolen were a first aid kit worth $1000 and a $3000 public address system.
‘We’re here for the kids so I feel heartbroken,’ he said.
‘You work towards something to provide a sport for children and for the community, and you work so hard to bring this place into somewhere people want to go rather than the facilities being stuck in the ’70s.
‘I’d like to ask the community to keep their eyes out and call Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) if they see anything suspicious.’