Thieves target native plants

TAKEN: Grevilleas, correas and kangaroo paws were stolen from garden beds.

TAKEN: Grevilleas, correas and kangaroo paws were stolen from garden beds.

About 100 native plants were stolen from a new garden bed in Castlemaine.

Mount Alexander Shire Council staff discovered varieties of grevilleas, correas and kangaroo paws were stolen in two separate incidents.

The new garden beds are on the corner of Forest Street and Kennedy Street in Castlemaine and in nearby Camp Reserve.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Parks and Gardens Coordinator Stewart Campbell said council staff are disappointed.

“The Kennedy Street site was landscaped with native plants, mulch and rocks in May as part of Council’s ongoing efforts to improve our streetscapes” Mr Campbell said.

“We have recently received many compliments about the improvements to the site from the community.

“The recent thefts are very disappointing. In addition to the time and effort needed to replant the site, the cost to replace the plants will be about $1,500.”

Anyone with information relating to the thefts should contact Castlemaine Police.

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