Club wants CCTV protection for beleaguered canteen

Lake Illawarra Little Athletics registrar Kevin McGarry has had enough, with the Shellharbour-based club enduring numerous break-ins over the past couple of weeks. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Lake Illawarra Little Athletics registrar Kevin McGarry has had enough, with the Shellharbour-based club enduring numerous break-ins over the past couple of weeks. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

LAKE Illawarra Little Athletics Club has called on Shellharbour Council to improve security to stop the continual break-ins at the club canteen.

Since May the canteen has been broken into five times, with goods stolen three times. The adjoining AFL club canteen has also been stolen from twice.

The club expressed anger and frustration with the council for "passing the buck" in response to its pleas to fit CCTV cameras and alarms.

The athletics committee and the council met in May and on June 16 to discuss their concerns about the break-ins.

The council confirmed they would replace the roller doors but said they were not aware of the club's requests for CCTV and alarms.

Lake Illawarra Little Athletics registrar Kevin McGarry said despite the council securing the facility each time, "it's clearly not working".

"It's getting beyond a joke; we're at the stage where we can't keep anything in the canteen.

"We told council at the May meeting about fitting CCTV cameras and alarm systems."

Mr McGarry said although the council said it would replace the damaged roller doors, the club was given no definite timeframe for repairs.

"We pay $1000 annually to lease that facility and we're not happy that nothing is getting done."

"A number of measures are used to maintain the security of all of council's assets, facilities and public amenities across the city," a council spokesperson said. "That includes lighting, enforced security doors and windows, passive surveillance and alarms.

"New security doors have been ordered for Myimbarr canteen facilities in response to the unprecedented number of break-ins experienced at the location in recent months. A security company has been contracted to monitor the site until the doors are installed."

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