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Native plants to the value of $1,500 have been stolen from new garden beds near Camp Reserve in Castlemaine.

Monday 19 June 2017

Native plants have been stolen from a new garden bed on the corner of Forest Street and Kennedy Street in Castlemaine and from nearby Camp Reserve.

Council staff recently discovered about 100 plants including grevilleas, correas and kangaroo paws were stolen in two separate incidents.

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

“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” said Mr Campbell.

Council has reported the matter and encourages anyone with information relating to the thefts to contact Castlemaine Police.

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