By TONY WHITE
VANDALS have again attacked Yamba Oval, destroying 40 fence pickets and causing more than $500 in damage.
Lower Clarence Cricket Association president Kevin Styles said the attack took place sometime after 11pm last Friday evening prior to the match between Yamba and Iluka.
"It's just another case of mindless, malicious damage," Styles said.
"I just can't understand the mentality. If we knew what was happening maybe we could put a stop to it."
The latest attack on an area at the southern end of the oval between the pavilion and nets, is the 20th incident since June 7.
"There were pickets damaged on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but on Friday night or early Saturday morning the vandals broke 40 pickets," Styles said.
"There was numerous broken beer bottles and cans of Bundy and Coke in the area.
"It's just a real pain, frustrating and particularly disappointing."
The matter was reported to local police at Yamba.
Styles estimated the overall cost of repairs due to the vandalism amounted to in excess of $3000.
"Thankfully we have got the will to keep fixing the damage," Styles added. "But it's money down the drain, let alone the amount of time and effort being put in by the volunteers.
"That could be better used in other areas.
"The police and our security firm have been very supportive, the ground is regularly patrolled.
"But it keeps occurring. It's just so frustrating."