Police call for witnesses as Koroit Scout Hall damaged

Police are calling for witnesses who saw people vandalising the Koroit Scout Hall on Friday night or Saturday morning. 

Warnambool police Leading Senior Constable Dave MacPhail said a poster on the exterior of the hall was ripped down and vandalised between 8.30pm Friday and 11am Saturday. 

A Scout group member who discovered the damage to the hall, which is on the corner of Garden and High streets Koroit, reported it to police on Saturday morning. 

Leading Senior Constable MacPhail said the damage was estimated to be $300, which the volunteer-run group would now have to find to replace them. 

“It’s money they’ll have to use out of their funds,” he said “It’s not very good.”

Scouts South Western district commissioner Jimmy Smith discovered the damage and said the sign was about two metres by two metres in size.

He said the vinyl sign was ripped out of the metal frame and fortunately two other signs on the property were untouched.

“It’s frustrating more than anything,” Mr Smith said. “It’s all volunteer run. Everyone works hard for the kids. At Koroit we’ve got kids aged from seven to 15. We deliver good programs and then for people to do that sort of thing is really disappointing.”

Mr Smith said the group would have to fundraise to replace the sign, which was erected about six months ago as part of a national branding campaign. He said the group had to pay to have the sign printed and put it up themselves which they now had to do again. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Warrnambool or Koroit police.