After a difficult year, the Esperance Bay Remote Control Car Club has suffered yet another blow, with trespassers vandalising the property, smashing the club's speaker system and digging up parts of the track last week.
According to the club's vice president Kane Holt, the vandalism was discovered by one of the club's members during a routine check of the venue on Thompson Street.
Despite the damage to the club's equipment and facility, Mr Holt said it wasn't about the cost, but about the disrespect for the club and the tireless efforts of its dedicated volunteers.
"It's certainly disappointing," he said.
"It's not so much about the cost, it's about the inconvenience and the disrespect for the place.
"We're trying to provide something different for the town, aimed at people of all ages, at a private venue for paying club members.
"To jump the fence, damage things, rip the place up and leave, just for your own fun, is pretty average.
"The speaker system, which we run all of our automatic timing through, had been ripped off and smashed on the ground and they've just left rubbish across the place.
"They even managed to find one of our shovels and dug up a section of our track.
"A lot of us are volunteers - we're busy, many of us have our own businesses, kids and families.
"Our spare time is at a premium. It's just really disappointing and really unnecessary."
The incident is a first for the club, which Mr Holt said had been in the location for more than three years and did not have CCTV.
It is understood the club has since installed a number of cameras capable of detecting motion.
Mr Holt said he suspected the damage was the work of young people, with push bike tracks and bike jumps left throughout the site.
"Obviously, in the last week or so, they've been out there and thought it was theirs to dig up and smash around," he said.
"It's just devastating because, to be honest, the club has been suffering a bit this year with numbers and we were actually looking at a few strategies to try and boost them and get it back up for next year.
"We will be back and we plan to keep functioning.
"It's the sort of hobby that anyone can do and it's fun. We're trying to get the club up and back to where it was a year or two ago."
Despite the incident, the club is planning to move forward, hosting its annual Red Dirt vs Saltwater interclub event this Saturday, September 21.
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