Tina Petroff shows one of the holes left after thieves stole plants from the memorial gardens at the Lions Lookout at Ocean Shores.
Tina Petroff shows one of the holes left after thieves stole plants from the memorial gardens at the Lions Lookout at Ocean Shores.

Plant thieves desecrate Lions memorial garden

Tina Petroff is hopping mad that thieves have stolen several plants from the memorial garden at the Lions Lookout at Ocean Shores.

The president of the Ocean Shores Tidy Town Team discovered the theft last week when she went to the lookout to water the gardens.

“It’s despicable to take your spade up to the lookout and dig up common old agaves out of the memorial garden which were planted to commemorate all those killed at Port Arthur in 1996,” Tina said.

“People don’t have to stoop so low, all the plantings are easily sourced when you chat to local home gardeners.

“In fact, I will help whoever it is stealing the plants to source them for free if they just stop stealing them from the lookout.”

Tina said that she and other members of the tidy town team spent hours watering and caring for the gardens.

“We have to lug water 300 metres to some of the plants and if people only realised how much effort and time this required, then maybe they would think twice about stealing the plants,” she said.

“This is a really special place not just for the community of Ocean Shores, but for the entire shire.”

Ocean Shores Tidy Towns Team has been rehabilitating, planting and undertaking soil erosion protection at the lookout since 1994, encouraging protective habitat for native birds and animals.

“Please keep this magnificent and tranquil area beautiful for everyone to enjoy,” Tina said.

“Everyone of us can make a difference to the community.”

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