Senseless vandalism

MALICIOUS damage to a war memorial at Cohuna has been described as "a senseless act of vandalism".

Damage to the granite stone cannot be repaired and the Returned and Services League believes that it will cost around $10,000 to replace it.

The Lone Pine memorial stone outside the RSL's Cohuna-Leitchville sub-branch building in Channel Street is inscribed with an explanation of the pine tree growing there, which is descended from a pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where the battle of Lone Pine was fought between Australian and Turkish forces in 1915.Several chips have been made to the front and back of the stone.

RSL sub-branch secretary, Des Hudson said the damage was noticed on Tuesday morning and had probably been done on Monday night.

He described it as "a senseless act of vandalism".

While the damage appeared to be minimal, Mr Hudson said, it wouldn't be possible to repair the granite stone, which would need to be replaced.

"I reckon we wouldn't see much change out of $10,000," he said.

Sub-branch president, Geoff Dale said the stone had been pushed over a couple of times in the past before it was secured to the ground.

Cohuna police officer, Acting Sergeant Andrew Neil said that the damage was obviously deliberate and looked to have been done with some sort of implement, probably a hammer.

"Obviously it's extremely disappointing that this has happened to such an important community memorial," Acting Sergeant Neil said.

Cohuna police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 5456 4150 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

SENSELESS. Returned and Services League sub-branch secretary, Des Hudson, left, and president, Geoff Dale inspect the damaged stone with Acting Sergeant Andrew Neil.

SENSELESS. Returned and Services League sub-branch secretary, Des Hudson, left, and president, Geoff Dale inspect the damaged stone with Acting Sergeant Andrew Neil.

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