Senseless act of vandalism condemned by council staff

Two rose bushes were destroyed following an attack by vandals on the rose garden at the eastern entrance to town last week.

A senseless act of vandalism to the rose garden at the eastern entrance to town has Cobar Shire Council staff and lots of residents riled up.

Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko was fuming on Thursday morning after his staff reported two of the rose bushes in the garden at the Great Cobar Heritage Centre had been hacked.

Both are mature plants and were growing well after being carefully nurtured through the drought by council staff.

Mr Vlatko said he was proud of the garden council staff had created which made for a visually pleasing first impression for visitors.

“There’s been a lot of investment gone into it,” Mr Vlatko said.

“This senseless act is so annoying.

“They have no respect for other people’s property and a lack of care for the community and the town.

“Why would they think it’s fun?” he questioned.

Mr Vlatko has reported the incident to police and is hoping that CCTV footage from the nearby Services Club and Cobar Youth Centre will help to identify the culprits.

Council’s Parks and Gardens staff member Bonnie Fullagar is hoping they can source some mature roses to replace the vandalised plants.

Police are reviewing CCTV from surrounding businesses in relation to the matter.