By Brendan Rees
Casey BMX has had to cancel events after heartless vandals smashed an electronic box used to operate their entry gate.
Members of the club at Casey Fields have been left gutted by the senseless act.
Club president Adrian Bognar said nothing was stolen but two components of the gate had been “smashed to pieces”.
He said it’s believed the incident took place sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon of 25-26 August.
“What we believe may have happen is that these people have tried to diffuse the gate and put a crack into it,” Mr Bognar said.
“What they don’t understand is: we take some of the stuff out and it’s not going to work without those components.
“Then they’ve just decided to smash a few bits,” he said.
“It’s something we’ve got to reorder now … without one component it’s hopeless.”
Casey Council confirmed it would cover the costs for the damage estimated to be $3,000 and the repairs were currently being undertaken.
Mr Bognar said a key part called the brainbox was smashed open and found dumped at a nearby path.
“It was damaged so I’m not sure if that still works or not,” he said.
Mr Bognar said it was a big inconvenience.
“We can’t run the gate at all. We can’t run any of our club meetings or any of our open gate nights which generate the income for us.”