By Nick Sinis

THE Kilcunda Community Association (KCA) has been left frustrated and fed up after being targeted multiple times by heartless thieves.

The Kilcunda Community Centre has been the scene of some shocking incidents, such as the recent theft of the cherished ‘red bell’, which was displayed proudly in between the centre and fire station.

“It’s been suggested that we get CCTV, which will cost money which we’re going to have to look into obviously,” KCA president Andrea Bolch said.

“And as a volunteer group that hasn’t been able to run any fundraisers for a while – particularly the main one the Lobster Festival – and we can’t hire the hall out that much, it makes it challenging.”

Ms Bolch said the treasured bell had been donated by locals Alan and Betty Hart, who found it originally.

“It took us a long time to work out how to repair it because it was in three bits, and a local man repaired it for us. Bells are notoriously difficult to repair because of the mix of metals that they are.

“We contacted the manufacturers, and it was dated from 1941.”

And in more disappointment, KCA’s ‘Gnomestead’ garden was suspected to have been destroyed sometime during the recent school holidays: “The smashing of the gnomes is just senseless and disgusting. We believe it was in the middle of the day because a resident went for a walk with his children through the school holidays and saw it, but on the way back found them smashed.”

The centre’s lifesaving defibrillator was also stolen last year.