Thieves strike at Forest again

Sound Telegraph

Baldivis Children’s Forest has been targeted by thieves for the third time in eight weeks, with a total of five water pumps stolen from the property despite attempts to increase security measures at the site.

The Sound Telegraph previously reported two water pumps were replaced and locked into position after allegedly being stolen from the premises on the weekend of April 27 and again on May 18.

But Friends of the Forest volunteers this week discovered the replacement pumps had been stolen for the third time. Baldivis Children’s Forrest chairwoman Sarah Blake said repetitive theft of the pumps, which supply water to the forest’s water tank and toilet block, created increased expenditure for the not-for-profit organisation.

“With each new installation we have increased security measures, however they have not been enough to stop the theft of our pump,” she said. “This means that our toilets don’t flush and with regular school educational activities occurring it makes it very difficult to support our kids learning.”

Ms Blake said other local not-for-profit organisations were facing similar challenges.

The City of Rockingham - which owns the infrastructure on the site - is working with the organisation to review options to ensure the pumps are effectively secured and find a long-term solution.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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