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Sometime over the weekend thieves broke into the Mullumbimby Community Gardens and stole equipment necessary for the maintenance of this valuable facility.

A circular saw, a drop saw, a chainsaw, a grinder, a compressor and two generators were taken in a mean spirited attack on the much-loved local meeting and growing space.

‘Last weekend someone tried to break the lock on the front gate,’ Glenn Higson, one of the organisers at the Gardens, told The Echo. ‘They were not able to do that so they moved to the equipment container and broke the lock.’

Mr Higson said that once inside the container they broke the lock to the tool cage. ‘They took a compound saw and a grinder from a cage and then took two generators.’

Mr Higson says that the stolen generators were the only source of power on the site, making work at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens much more difficult.

The thieves even broke into the kitchen and stole a pressure cooker.

‘We would like to get a security camera installed as theft happens regularly here. This is our biggest loss so far’, he said. ‘Everyone who enjoys the use of the Gardens would love to see the tools recovered. There would of course be no questions asked if the items were returned.’

In the meantime, anyone who could donate items to the Gardens would receive untold bunches of gratitude from the Gardens community.

The Mullumbimby Community Gardens can be contacted through their website.

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  1. At Devine’s Hill, a thief or thieves crowbarred open the BBQ stole the gas bottle, stole the associated gear needed to allow the BBQ to work.

    The amount of theft and disrespect for the Byron shire, its beaches and facilities is a regional disaster.
    What kind of people do these things ?

  2. Sorry to hear this. So many people do not realise the causes they create for themselves by being thieves. Sending a small token to help replace the community’s tools. Via pp

  3. Would the community Gardens like to start a Crowd Funding Campaign to finance buying new equipment?
    I’m sure many Mullumbimby residents would be happy to donate for such a good cause.

  4. I was involved there for a while and loaned my gas cooker to the volunteers. It was never stolen. Just the 3 knobs off it. Cost me $7.50 to replace. I know that container well and it would have taken some effort to get into it. Sad to hear about this as those items are so important to the work at the Gardens.


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