Less than a week after celebrating a $500 000 boost to one of our region’s premier tourist attractions, those behind it have been left to clean up some mindless vandalism.CHALPAT SONTI December 11, 2013 10:27am
Vietnam Veterans Association chairman Ross Stewart and committee member Ian Warren with one of the spotted gum tress torn in half at the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk.
A Seymour veteran of the Vietnam War summed it up best.
‘‘It feels like how we were treated when we came back from Vietnam.’’
Less than a week after celebrating a $500
Someone, or some people, tore more than 50 spotted gum trees at the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in half at the weekend.
The damage, estimated at about $4000, is not just monetary. It has set back one of the features of the showpiece walk.
The trees were the closest to the rubber trees of the Vietnam jungle that could grow in Seymour, and were planted about a year ago as the digiglass wall was being finished. The plants will have to be replaced when they can be sourced — the Walk committee are still waiting on some to finish planting further down.
As people from around the nation continue to visit the attraction, Vietnam Veterans Association Mitchell sub-branch members were left to clean up the mess on Monday, with a bit of help from council workers.
‘‘I’m just devastated,’’ association chairman Ross Stewart said.
‘‘Everyone’s saying what (the walk) has done for this town as far as tourism goes, and to have so-called vandals.
‘‘When I got the phone call on (Monday) morning, I nearly choked on my breakfast. To get this far after eight or nine years then to have this happen .
‘‘We got the good news (see below) on one hand, and the bad news on the other.’’
Anyone with information on the incident should contact Seymour Police on 5735
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