Van­dals target town re­serve

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata’s Cen­ten­nial Drive com­mit­tee has been left to clean up a mess af­ter van­dals de­stroyed half a tonne of ferns.

The Fern­ery, a walk­way in Cen­ten­nial Drive be­tween Tami­hana and Tawa Streets was tar­geted by van­dals one af­ter­noon re­cently.

Five Cen­ten­nial Drive com­mit­tee mem­bers were at the site clean­ing up the mess.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Jim Paton con­firmed van­dals de­stroyed half a tonne of ferns, by pulling fronds to make what ap­pears to be a hut.

In the process, the van­dals pulled the water sys­tem down to gain ac­cess to wire and climbed into pri­vate prop­erty to pull bricks out.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Po­lice pre­ven­tion su­per­vi­sor Blair Hayde says po­lice will speak to a per­son in re­la­tion to the vandalism at­tack.

CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent was sup­plied and po­lice were try­ing to iden­tify five oth­ers in­volved.

Paton says the Cen­ten­nial Drive com­mit­tee meet once a month to keep the area tidy but when there is dam­age to an im­por­tant vis­i­tor site, they make it a pri­or­ity to deal with it im­me­di­ately.

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