Murgon pool lifeguard, Karlie Steinhardt next to the door which has been repaired again after being smashed by thieves on the weekend.
Murgon pool lifeguard, Karlie Steinhardt next to the door which has been repaired again after being smashed by thieves on the weekend. Matt Collins

Pool manager no longer surprised after multiple break-ins

THE Murgon pool has been broken into three times in less than four months and the manager said she wouldn't be surprised if it happened again.

Murgon pool manager Lori Hall was still in recovery mode after the Murgon pool was broken into on Sunday night for the third time since the pool re-opened this season on October 1 last year.

"They smashed through the kiosk windows and stole the keys out of the till,” she said.

Ms Hall said the whole town was sick of the damage caused by these wayward kids.

"The first time the boys were aged only 11 and seven,” she said.

The passionate swim teacher said the break-ins greatly affected her business as well as the community.

"After the break-in, my husband and I were there till after midnight boarding the place up,” she said.

"We couldn't open Monday morning so we missed out on all the pool entries, as well as the swimming classes and canteen.

"I was just about to launch my fourth block of swimming lessons, so we had to hold that off.”

Ms Hall said she missed out on more than $400 that morning due to the break in.

"We couldn't open until 2pm on that day,” she said.

Murgon pool lifeguard, Karlie Steinhardt next to the pool canteen which has been broken into three times this swim season.
Murgon pool lifeguard, Karlie Steinhardt next to the pool canteen which has been broken into three times this swim season. Matt Collins

The Murgon pool manager said she won't stand for any damage to the community complex.

"I caught one kid writing graffiti on the building and I kicked him out,” she said.

"A couple of weeks later he wanted to come in for a swim and I made him clean up all the damage and apologise before I let him come in.”

Ms Hall didn't buy in to the argument that these at-risk kids were just bored and had nothing better to do.

"There is so much money and time thrown at holidays programs, there is a skate-park and a swimming pool,” she said.

"There is more than enough for them to do.

"I won't be surprised if it happens again.”

Ms Hall is in communication with the South Burnett Regional Council to share ideas about how to make the pool complex more secure.

"The kids around here can scale anything,” she said.

"Cameras may be a realistic option.”

South Burnett

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