Payne Reserve at Dennington cut up by hoon drivers

Local resident Graham Conn inspects the deep tyre tracks at Dennington’s Payne Reserve. 140707AS11 Picture: AARON SAWALL

Local resident Graham Conn inspects the deep tyre tracks at Dennington’s Payne Reserve. 140707AS11 Picture: AARON SAWALL

HOON drivers have again caused a nuisance at Dennington after deep tyre tracks were gouged into the lawns at Payne Reserve which will have to be repaired at ratepayers’ cost.

It appears a vehicle was driven off The Esplanade and down on to the lower level by the Merri River, then up again a number of times while skidding in wet conditions.

Warrnambool City Council is investigating.

“It’s disappointing and senseless,” said Dennington Community Association president David Kelson.

“From the tracks it looks like they’ve tried to get on to the basketball and netball courts and cut into the hill and path.

“The gouge marks would go down 200 to 300 millimetres.

“Unfortunately it’s part of life. You’ve got to build some protection from the idiots,” Mr Kelson said.

Nearby resident Graham Conn said it was not uncommon to see hoons speeding across the reserve in four-wheel-drive vehicles.

“They think they are heroes,” he said.

“A rail on the walking track was also smashed recently.

“The council should give more attention to maintenance at Dennington, especially cutting the grass.

“I’ve been saying for years the toilet block at the reserve is one of the busiest in Warrnambool.

“There’s traffic coming in all night every day because it’s the only public toilet block close to the highway between Panmure and Heywood.

“Unfortunately plans to modernise it will decrease capacity.”

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