RIGHT: Bundaberg Landcare secretary Maureen Schmitt looks over upturned pots and plants in the nursery area at TAFE.
RIGHT: Bundaberg Landcare secretary Maureen Schmitt looks over upturned pots and plants in the nursery area at TAFE. Mike Knott

Vandals ransack nursery

 A COMMUNITY environmental group was devastated after vandals broke into their nursery and destroyed up to 12 months of their hard work.

It is estimated the vandals caused about $5000 damage to plants and equipment at the Bundaberg and District Urban Landcare Association's nursery, housed at Wide Bay TAFE, at some point over the weekend.

The group spent yesterday cleaning up the mess in the rain, disappointed and angry that countless hours of volunteer work and resources had been ruined.

Group secretary Maureen Schmitt said volunteers were continually donating their time to raise and sell the plants to donate funds to Landcare.

She said the process started from the collection of seeds right through to growing the native plants.

“We are just devastated; we can't understand why someone would do this,” she said.

“How does someone get pleasure damaging plants and a Landcare group?”

Ms Schmitt said she did not understand why someone would target a group dedicated to helping the community.

“We are all volunteers,” she said.

Ms Schmitt said the group would put in the hard yards to source seedlings and start the growing process again.

Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Bundaberg Police Station on 4153 9111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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