Rec Complex ripped up

A soccer field at Lowood Recreational Complex was deliberately destroyed on Tuesday morning. Pictures: SOMERSET REGIONAL COUNCIL

A vandal deliberately destroyed a soccer field at the Lowood Recreational Grounds, leaving more than 100 children without a place to play.

In the early hours of Tuesday 16 April a vehicle entered the facility off Lindemans Road and destroyed the turf and playing field by completing several burnouts.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Jason Wendt described the action as ‘senseless’.

“We do not tolerate, and nor should we, this type of destructive behaviour in our towns,” Cr Wendt said.

“To have this field destroyed at the start of the soccer season is devastating.”

Lowood Police Station Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant James Bromley said the station was provided CCTV footage by Somerset Regional Council, and was canvassing other CCTV footage in relation to the offence.

“It will be alleged an unknown person has entered the recreational reserve between the hours of 0320 hours and 0340 hours in a light coloured utility and caused damage to the recreational reserve by conducting burnouts,” S/Sgt Bromley said.

“Lowood police are appealing for anyone with information or CCTV that may assist their enquiries into the damage of the recreational reserve to come forward.”

S/Sgt Bromley said reckless behaviour like this would not be tolerated.

“Hooning is a dangerous activity that impacts the community and other road users,” he said.

“It is only a matter of time before police catch up with the driver responsible and their vehicle is impounded.”

Brisbane Valley Soccer Club is the primary user of the field, and club president Boris Jaramenko said the damage was extensive.

“There were a few burnouts on the bitumen, by the looks of it, and then they’ve noticed this little access point which is designed for a tractor or mower to access it for maintenance,” Mr Jaramenko said.

“It’s chained off, but they’ve smashed through that.

“From ball fence to ball fence, they’ve done burnout after burnout after burnout.”

The field in question is used by the under 6s, 7s and 8s teams for training and play.

“It’s a pretty important part of our infrastructure, because it’s where all the future players come from,” Mr Jaramenko said.

“Their first round was on Saturday, and it was great to see the kids out there with their smiling faces.

“To have it ripped up is a bit devastating.”

Mr Jaramenko said the incident has not defeated the club.

“It won’t stop us playing footy, we’ll be back soon bigger and better,” he said.

“I invite [the vandal] to come down and have a game, it might give them a better focus in life.”

Cr Wendt said council would work with the Lowood Recreational Complex Association to review the damage and determine the bill.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to make hooning related complaints directly to 13HOON (134 666) for police to address emerging issues and take enforcement activity, where possible.

To report a hooning offence, observe the behaviour and note details such as vehicle registration, vehicle characteristics, time, location, and a description of the behaviour.

If you can, take a photo or video of the driving.