DISAPPOINTING: Shane Nixon with Harry Armstrong, Luke Goldstone and Kyle Stern outside the Emerald Karting Club.
DISAPPOINTING: Shane Nixon with Harry Armstrong, Luke Goldstone and Kyle Stern outside the Emerald Karting Club. Contributed

Thieves target Emerald Karting Club

A LOW act of stealing has devastated members of the Emerald Karting Club, after $35,000 of equipment was taken from a shed.

Club president Shane Nixon said the thieves were stealing from the entire community, not just the club.

"This is not only a club thing, it's a community thing," Mr Nixon said.

"It (the club) is a community asset, so they've basically stolen from the community."

Mr Nixon said after being granted the honour of hosting the Queensland titles this year and next, the theft would affect the club.

"They stole most of the set of the electronic lighting system for the track, the computer touch screen and all the remotes are gone, a brand new compressor, a 250-piece tool chest full of tools and a portable concrete cutter," he said.

Emerald police Sergeant Rob Smith said police were investigating the offence.

"Emerald police are appealing for any information relating to this offence," Sgt Smith said.

"This includes any vehicles or persons observed near the premises around the time the items were stolen.

"It is a shame that this has happened to a local community group and we hope to catch those who are responsible."

Mr Nixon said the age of the club made the theft more disappointing.

 

"It's very, very disappointing because this is a club in its infancy," he said.

"We are getting all of these things together to get the club running, so something like this is just disappointing."

 

Mr Nixon asked that the community continue to support the club.

"Please keep your eyes out for this equipment," he said.

"Keep supporting us so we can recover from this."

The generosity of surrounding clubs had been helpful, Mr Nixon said.

"We have already had another club contact us who is willing to lend us equipment if we need it."

Mr Nixon was also the victim of a theft last year, where his own family's karting equipment was stolen.

He said acts like these damaged the entire community, not just those directly affected.