6 September 2012

Proud Canberra tradition of plant thieving lives on in Tuggers, in Turner they just trash them

| johnboy
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Territory and Municipal Services are a bit sad after their garden beds and Calwell and Isabella Plains got dug up:

“Garden beds at local shopping centres have been the latest target of vandalism in our urban spaces, with vandals removing a total of 28 plants from Calwell and Isabella Plains shops,” said Jane Carder, Manager, Place Management, Parks and City Services.

“The garden beds were revamped in mid-August of this year, contributing to the visual amenity of these urban spaces. However, the new plants, and the pleasant environment they created, were short-lived.

“On inspection of the garden beds on Monday 27 August 2012, 18 plants were missing from Isabella Plains shops and 10 plants from Calwell shops.

“Works to replace the stolen plants have commenced and will divert resources which could otherwise be used more constructively within the community.”

Ms Carder said new trees planted along Ainslie Avenue in Turner were also short-lived.

“Twelve Eucalyptus mannifera saplings were planted along Ainslie Avenue on Monday 27 August 2012 and, on inspection the next day, three of the saplings were found felled and strewn along Ainslie Avenue.

“The saplings had been planted for less than 24 hours before vandals decided to maliciously damage them, and it is not the first time the trees in this area have been destroyed.

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I’d say the locals don’t want them to be this big in 20 years time

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