Just a com­plete waste

Van­dals cost coun­cil thou­sands a month

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - BEN WATER­WORTH

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.

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