Scourge of Vandalism Continues to Blight Landcare Community Garden

Landcare’s Community Garden at the Broken Hill Centre for Community has once again become the target for senseless vandalism, with the latest attack happening last Friday and Saturday night.

The targets this time – there have been no less than three separate attacks – were the newly rebuilt propagation system and the newly extended shade house.

After trying unsuccessfully in previous attempts to get into the shade house, the vandal or vandals managed to get in and cause damage to both the shade house, and the plants inside.

Damage to the plants was particularly disheartening as it represented countless hours of tireless work from Landcare volunteers.

Landcare’s President, Simon Molesworth, told us, “on the last two occasions when Landcare’s facilities were seriously damaged, the Broken Hill community rallied round us.

We received generous donations to offset the damage and the losses we suffered, and we had a real surge of new members.

The Broken Hill community wanted to show that they supported Landcare’s efforts and would not be defeated by the actions of a selfish few.”

Landcare maintenance worker Chris Hayhoe said, as he was installing a new security camera system, “this has been happening a lot in the past 20 years in the community. We have tried many different approaches to try and combat it over the years.

“It usually associated with school holidays, weekends and bored kids,” he believes.

Mayor Tom Kennedy told us “vandalism is the most senseless crime”.

The Mayor said Council was looking at installing more lighting in Sturt Park and the surrounding areas.

“Landcare does so much for the community. So many volunteers putting a lot of their own time in,” he said.

“From a council perspective we are always doing everything we can to ensure that vandalism doesn’t occur. Council will certainly look at increasing lighting in Sturt

Park and other areas where vandalism is a problem.”

If you’re out and about and see any vandalism going on, don’t hesitate to report it to police on 131444.

Alternatively you can report it online at the NSW Police Force website.

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