Shoalhaven City Council is asking residents to notify NSW Police of any suspicious activity at sportsfields in the region following four reports of wire theft this week.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley is disappointed that the theft will impact the community, as access to the sportsgrounds will need to be restricted until the lights can be repaired.
“Council has advised a number of sports user groups that they will be unable to use the four sportsfields until the grounds can be declared operational again,” said Clr Findley.
“We take theft seriously and we are asking local communities to assist us by reporting any suspicious activity via phone or online to Crime Stoppers.
“At Huskisson Sportsground, the protective steel cover had been removed and the wiring stolen from the south western pole. The other three poles are visible from surrounding houses, which could explain why those floodlights haven’t been affected,” Clr Findley said.
The wire cables have been removed from the pits and poles at St Georges Basin Soccer Fields and several hundred metres of underground cabling has been removed from The Wool Lane Sportsfield.
The Crookhaven Rugby League Field at Culburra Beach has had all of its underground cables removed, along with cables removed from the plastic conduit on all light towers.
Crime stoppers can be reached on 1800 333 000 or online at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.
Image; Evidence of wire theft from St Georges Basin Soccer Fields.