Callous thieves have once again targeted the Coimadai Avenue of Honour – this time on the eve of Remembrance Day.
A total of 24 trees representing local war volunteers have been ripped from the ground less than three months after an initial ten were stolen.
Coimadai Avenue of Honour Restoration Association chairman, Ken McDonald said the trees, which were valued at over $1300, were pulled from the ground on the night of November 10.
“The tree removal seems to be from a callous thief who has no respect for community property, nor any understanding of the significance of an avenue of honour,” he said.
“These were not just any trees, they were special and had significant meaning to the volunteers who worked so hard to create the avenue and to the descendants of the volunteers who fought so hard to preserve the way of life that we take for granted today”.
Mr McDonald said 132 trees were planted as a memorial for the service and sacrifice made by the Coimadai volunteers in World War One.
“The theft, in my opinion, is a very low act committed by a callous and unthinking person or persons, who have desecrated a memorial for short term financial gain without any regard for the consequences of their selfish actions”.
Mr McDonald said Bacchus Marsh Police had been notified and had agreed to increase their presence in the area.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Bacchus Marsh Police on 5366 4500.
First appeared in The Moorabool News.