Volunteers from two local sporting associations are working overtime because thieves have wreaked havoc at both Thirroul JFC and Thirroul Surf Club.
Thirroul JFC’s clubhouse was broken in to on the eve of the club’s registration day. While the property has been damaged, officials say nothing of any significance has been taken, aside from a few match balls.
This follows a break-in at Thirroul Surf Club last Wednesday which saw the venue suffer significant damage and their defibrillator stolen, along with a substantial amount of cash.
Club President Jeff Body says the Nippers lost all their sausage sizzle money, along with the black till it was in.
“We are asking if anyone finds the till, or knows anything, if they could come forward,” he says. “It’s disappointing to think anyone could be so destructive to a charity that provides such a great service to our community.”
Jeff says it’s the malicious damage that hurts the most.
“All of our first aid gear has been thrown around and the wiring pulled out of our security system. The computer has been smashed and all the cabling destroyed, which means hours and hours of installation work will have to be re-done.
“They also opened all the valves on the oxygen bottles.
“The break-in happened the day before Australia Day, which is one of the busiest of the year. There are around 5000 people at Thirroul Beach and we couldn’t risk not having the defibrillator or oxygen on hand so we had to go and buy replacements straight away. That means the club is already $2700 out of pocket.
“We are covered by insurance, but it will still cost the club money, which we have worked hard to fundraise. That’s money we could have used to buy a new rescue board.
Extra security has already been put in place at Thirroul Surf Club.
Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000