By Shelby Brooks

AFTER being targeted by vandals and thieves in recent months, the committee of the Loch Memorial Reserve has turned to the community to raise funds for security cameras.

President Frank Springer said he never thought he’d see the day security cameras were necessary to protect the amenity of the reserve, as well as the safety of locals who enjoy the facilities.

“People like to come here to relax, use the playground, the gazebo and [pre-COVID] we have limited campers stay,” Frank said.

“But it almost seems during COVID, people around the district are just creating mischief in the area and it’s damn frustrating!”

This year, the club room doors were damaged by thieves and a huge mess made inside, the gates have been driven into and burnouts done on the oval, toilet paper and soap dispensers stolen from the toilets and hypodermic needles found.

“It’s scary stuff,” Frank said.

“We’re a hardy bunch of volunteers and [the damage] might not seem like a lot but it’s a lot to us because we’re the ones that pay for it.”

The grounds are open for the public to enjoy.

Junior football and cricket teams use the oval and Loch kindergarten frequently visits the reserve as well.

Not qualifying for a South Gippsland Shire emergency grant program, the Loch Memorial Reserve committee set up a GoFundMe page to raise $8000 for security cameras.

So far, $700 has been raised.

Frank hopes the community will get on board.

“The reserve honours the fallen. This type of activity doesn’t go beyond reasonable thinking.”

“$20, $30, whatever you can afford would be fantastic.”

Visit shorturl.at/suLY9 or search on GoFundMe ‘Security Cameras for Loch Memorial Reserve’ to donate.