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An 18-year-old Woodend man has been arrested after allegedly vandalising a Victorian cricket club and a nearby cafe during the early hours of Australia Day.

Kyneton police said the teen was released pending summons and would be charged and appear at the Kyneton Magistrates Court at a later date.

Hanging Rock Cricket Club president Todd Place said there was extensive damage to the club’s walls, ceilings, doors, windows and appliances, including the TV, pie warmer and commercial fridge.

“It was seriously like a tornado had gone off in the club room,” he said.

“The toilet has been kicked in, the doors have been kicked down … every window gone, the fire extinguisher let off, and graffiti on top of that.

“You look at the graffiti and you might think it’s personal, but I don’t think it is.

A kitchen area in a community building in serious disarray.
Police say the young man alleged to have caused the damage will face charges.(Supplied: Hanging Rock Cricket Club)

No insurance

Club secretary Clinton Sterlson said the damaged goods were worth several thousand dollars and that the building repairs would cost another few thousand as well.

“The club itself is going to have to spend quite a few thousand dollars for things like fridges, microwaves and other bits and pieces,” he said.

Mr Place said the club had no insurance but the building was insured by the local council.

“In hindsight, we probably should have,” Mr Place said.

The nearby Hanging Rock Cafe was broken into on the same night but only sustained a small amount of damage.

The cricket club rooms suffered extensive damaged to the walls, ceilings, doors, windows, and every appliance.
Every appliance in the club was damaged, along with the walls and ceilings.(Supplied: Hanging Rock Cricket Club)

Just a few port-a-loos left

Mr Sterlson said the cricket club now only had some port-a-loos supplied by the council.

“Obviously now for this year we don’t have change rooms, we don’t have any club room facilities,” Mr Sterlson said.

“Because of COVID we haven’t been able to have anything like a club function since last year — we were just starting to try and organise something.”

Mr Place said the act did not seem to be financially motivated because expensive items like the cricket set and a number of iPads were not taken.

“To go in and see that it had been completely trashed was a real kick in the guts,” Mr Place said.

The club is organising some fundraising events to help cover the cost of the damaged items.



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