While the caretakers of the Mullumbimby Community Garden (MCG) were on their only two-week break for the year recently, thieves stole equipment imperative to maintaining the much-loved community facility.
MCG president Sasha Mainsbridge says, ‘Sometime over the first weekend of January thieves stole the garden’s generators, circular saw, drop saw, chainsaw, grinder, compressor and more.’
‘Since its launch in 2008, the garden has been fortunate to have experienced very few notable incidents of loss.
‘The cost of insurance has always been considered by the management committee to be exorbitant, considering the calculated risk, and that’s why we need to ask for community support to raise the funds required to replace these assets.
‘The MCG is 100 per cent volunteer operated and our only funding comes from a small membership base, small donations, and the occasional hard-won grant.
‘Insurance, cameras, and other security measures to reduce the risk of this happening again are being investigated.’
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched at https:chuffed.org/project/mcgequipment, and is easily found via the MCG website and Facebook page. Donations of equipment are also invited. Please email [email protected] with details.