Vandals destroy community Christmas tree

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

A $1000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the conviction of vandals who destroyed a community Christmas tree.

Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said the cost of the vandalism in Newman had a financial impact on the Shire, and using council funds to repair the damage to property would be a financial burden on ratepayers.

"The damage to this tree is significant and we are unsure whether it can be repaired to be used for next Christmas," Mrs Craigie said.

"We are very disappointed that people feel they can wilfully damage Shire property, let alone the type of property that is used to specifically unite and bring our community together,” she said.

Mrs Craigie said vandalism could result in the closure of community facilities due to safety concerns.

The $1000 reward is listed under section 4.1 the Shire of East Pilbara’s Council Policy.

Those who have information regarding the vandalism of the tree are urged to please contact the Shire of East Pilbara 9175 8000 or Newman Police 9175 4000.

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