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Tree theft appalling

Three of the wooden Christmas Trees have been stolen from the tree guards in Hogan St.

December 3, 2013 5:00pm

The Tatura Christmas Decoration Committee is appalled at the senseless theft of wooden Christmas trees.


The Tatura Christmas Decoration Committee told the Guardian on Friday this was obviously a deliberate act, because the trees were wired on securely and had to be cut off with wire cutters.

The committee believes the coward or cowards who did this, did so late at night to avoid detection.

‘‘It’s a shame this happened because all the people involved in the theft had to do was contact one of the committee members and we would have arranged for them to have some free of charge,’’ spokesperson for the group Anne Oliver said.

‘‘The trees are easily identifiable because they were made from pickets from the Tatura Hospital fence. They are either a neutral white colour or a red colour.’’

The committee said all the Christmas Trees were made voluntarily by Tatura Men’s Shed. Committee members gave up hours to spray paint the trees and place them throughout the streetscape for others to enjoy.

‘‘It’s a shame that people are unaware of how much work goes into projects like this,’’ Men’s shed spokesperson Alex Carter said.

‘‘The men’s shed was proud to make these trees to decorate the tree guards and is disappointed at this disrespectful act.

‘‘Hopefully someone from the community will come forward and inform us if they have any details regarding this disappointing act.’’

Tatura Police has been notified of the theft and will be keeping an eye out for these trees.

Anyone with any information regarding the theft of the trees is asked to phone Tatura Police on 5824 3099.

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