Police are investigating a spate of graffiti attacks and rubbish dumping at the Vinnies store in Nimbin.
Vinnies retail operations manager Kim Boyd said the ongoing attacks were taking a heavy toll on volunteers.
‘While support from the majority of the local Nimbin community is strong, unfortunately there is a small minority who is making things quite difficult for us at the moment,’ she said.
‘On many occasions, after spending the whole day sorting through a large bin full of donations, our volunteers will find that they are unable to salvage even just one item that is re-saleable.
‘The recent graffiti attacks have also been very upsetting for the shop’s volunteers.
‘We are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and hard-working team who runs our Vinnies shop in Nimbin but we are at risk of losing them if the damage and disrespect continues.
‘Vinnies would like to continue to provide services and support to the Nimbin community however it becomes increasingly difficult for our volunteers to continue their great work when they to face offensive graffiti, destruction of property and the dumping of rubbish.”
“Taking rubbish to the tip, removing graffiti and fixing damaged property can cost Vinnies thousands of dollars each month – money that could instead be spent on helping people in the local community who are experiencing severe disadvantage.”
“We are reaching out to the Nimbin community with this message: please be considerate and donate quality items to our shop – this will in turn help us to assist people in need,” Ms Boyd said.
The latest incidents of graffiti and damage to property at the Vinnies shop have been reported to the police.