STOLEN PANELS: This one features the history of oyster growing in Narrawallee Inlet with historical photos. Photo supplied.
Educational signs detailing some of the European history of Narrawallee have been stolen from their posts in the Garrad Reserve Biobank.
STOLEN PANELS: The second missing panel explains the local timber industry. Photo supplied.
Mayor Joanna Gash said the theft happened some time during the holiday period.
“The signs were to help visitors and the local community gain a fuller appreciation of what a special place Garrad Reserve is,” said Cr Gash.
“Each stolen panel cost $1700 to produce so replacing them is not an immediate option.”
“A lot of research went into the development of the panels which were designed to provide information about previous uses of the land and the local natural resources of timber and oysters.
“We have had ongoing problems trying to keep unauthorised vehicles out of the reserve with locks on gates continually being removed, gates cut and bushland damaged to make alternative routes to drive in.”
The Mayor said the cost of gate repairs and replacement locks and chains means there are no funds left to replace the panels in the short to medium term.
“It really is very disheartening,” said Cr Gash.
The boardwalk and walking track from Leo Drive to Narrawallee Inlet were developed jointly with the developer of the adjacent subdivision and Council as part of the Biobank conservation agreement Council entered into with the Office of Environment and Heritage in 2014.
Other management actions have included fencing the eastern and western boundaries of the reserve, repair of erosion along the fire trail and an ongoing program of weed control throughout the Biobank.
Anyone with information about the stolen signs should contact Council on (02) 4429 3111.
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