Motorcycling Western Australia and the Lightweight Motorcycle Club wish to advise the local community, with great devastation. that on the evening of Friday 24th March between the hours of 7pm and 6:30am Saturday 25th March 2017 a 9m x 20m Green staging area shed was stolen from the Lightweight Motorcycle Club situated at 1329 South Western Hwy, Byford.
The shed materials were only delivered Friday 24th March at 4:30pm. The materials are worth $17,000 and as it was not yet constructed it is not covered by insurance.
The Shed was purchased with a federal government grant that the committee has spent extensive hours obtaining. As this was a grant purchase the club are required to build the structure or repay the funds and the deadline is 30th April 2017.
The club are not in a financial position to repay the funds let alone replace the stolen materials any time soon.
The Committee and Clubs members of the Lightweight Motorcycle club are devastated by the loss as it will affect the Junior members the most events as well as Junior coaching clinics and Motorcycling WA Minikhana events.
The most heartbreaking part of this hideous crime, is that the kids are the victims. These facilities were being built to benefit the kids in the local community and the sport and to protect them from the harsh unseasonal weather changes, therefore ultimately, that‰Ûªs who‰Ûªs losing out.
The stolen building materials were to build a 9 x 20 metre staging area to be used for protection during summer and winter events and has been on the clubs agenda to build for quite some time. When the Royalties for Regions Grants became available the local shire assisted the clubs committee members to apply for the much needed grant so they could make the necessary facility upgrades.
Motorcycling Western Australia CEO, Rick Gill, said "It is really disappointing that volunteers can work so hard for kids, only to have some heartless thief take it all away. Someone knows something, if you are offered cheap steel please let Crime Stoppers know"
Police are currently looking at CCTV in surrounding towns as someone would have spotted something, but at this time there is no word on its whereabouts.
Whoever has stolen the shed materials knew what they were doing because to transport it is no easy feat and they would require a Hiab (Truck Crane) to do so.
MWA and the Lightweight MC Club are asking community members to watch for shed materials on local Buy, Sell, Swap sites and Gumtrees.
If anyone has any knowledge of the whereabouts please call police on 131 444 or contact the club president Steve Walker on 0439 148 585