Just a complete waste
Vandals cost council thousands a month
A MONTHLY vandalism report released by the Derwent Valley Council has revealed a mysterious spike in bin thefts in New Norfolk.
Three different rubbish bins were stolen last month, with a cost to ratepayers of close to $600.
The report shows a steel garbage bin liner and a galvanised civic rubbish bin were taken from Tynwald Park, with a total replacement cost of $312.85.
Another two galvanised rubbish bins were stolen from the Millbrook Rise Boat Ramp, with a replacement cost of $265.70.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans was bemused at the theft of the bins.
“It’s quite annoying actually,” he said.
“As a community we put these bins in place so we can keep our towns nice and tidy and encourage the receptacles in the area.
“If there is no receptacle where does the rubbish go? It goes on the ground. And it’s also about the cost of replacing those bins.”
Alongside the theft of the bins in the Valley other vandalism related costs included graffiti at the Granton toilets, damaged signs and garden beds in Arthur Square as well as a damaged door at the Court House.
There was also more reported damage at Tynwald Park, with broken light fittings and the removal of eaves lining the public toilets.
The total cost of repairs carried out by the council following to vandalism in the month of August was $1968.26.
This was up a little from July, when the total costs of repairs was $1643.28.
Cr Evans called on the pub- lic to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.
“I’d encourage members of the public if they do see activity or people taking bins out or anything else that is untoward to give the police radio room a ring or Crime Stoppers,” he said.
“It may seem like a trivial thing to be reporting but it might be a rubbish bin today but it could be something else the next day.”
Anyone with information about any incident is asked to call 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.