Grandstand simply vanished - that’s the nuts and bolts of it

THIEVES stole a grandstand from Bacon Street netball courts over the Easter long weekend, leaving netball community stunned.

"The nuts and bolts were just laying all over the ground," Brooke Burton, the Vice President of Grafton Netball Association said.

"I'd say they've pulled it to pieces, taken the seats and the stands and left the nuts and bolts," the South Grafton resident said.

"They started to take bits off the other one but they must have been disturbed."

The local council called Mrs Burton on Wednesday last week asking if they had moved the grandstand after a community member reported the pegs that held it in place sticking out of the ground.

"Sometimes kids drink there and move them," Mrs Burton said, but she had no luck finding it.

"They are worth $5000, so it's not a cheap thing we've lost."

"The council did come the next day to weld all the other bolts onto the grandstands to help prevent it happening again," Mrs Burton said.

"Most people just couldn't believe that people would try to do that," Association president Cathy Walls said.

The netball club is looking to upgrade the courts, so they are not sure they can replace the grandstand.

Grafton Netball Association president Cathy Walls looks at the grandstand that thieves tried to steal, before succesfully taking one further down the court.
Grafton Netball Association president Cathy Walls looks at the grandstand that thieves tried to steal, before succesfully taking one further down the court. Adam Hourigan

Over the weekend, the Bacon Street courts hosted Grafton Netball Association games on Saturday and a representative carnival on Sunday.

"We've lost seating in the shaded area," Mrs Burton said.

The club is concerned there will be no shaded seating by their next game on Saturday, April 30.

Mrs Burton said since she joined Grafton Netball Association in 1985 nothing like this has ever happened.

At a meeting on Wednesday night, the club discussed what do do about the grandstand but no firm plans have been made.



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