I am saddened and extremely disappointed to learn of the break-ins at Colac Central Reserve over the past few days.
Thieves entered the partially completed pavilion on two occasions removing copper wire worth approximately $200.
However, the theft has caused serious problems for builders who may be forced to cut grooves in the concrete blockwork and, in some instances, remove plaster or external cladding to access the damaged wiring.
The repair bill has been estimated at up to $20,000 and could delay the opening of the facility by up to 2 months.
This is a terrible blow to this vital project for the Colac and district community.
I am so proud of the Coalition Government’s $2.5m contribution to this redevelopment which includes an upgraded grandstand, a new pavilion and new netball change room facilities. These new facilities will provide great benefits for local schools and sporting clubs including Colac Tigers Football and Netball Club and the Colac and District Football Netball League which uses the reserve for finals.
Along with the rest of the Colac and district community, I eagerly await the opening of this much needed facility and urge anyone with information relating to the thefts to contact Colac police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
20 January 2017