Vandalism mars Mary St winter event
ONE of our mannequins is missing.
And Stewart the dummy is not the only one to be hurt by a discouraging wave of vandalism and theft following the Winter Trees on Mary event.
The rugged-up Mary St trees ,which helped generate the fun of last week's Winter Trees celebration - not to mention the additional fun of a big dispute with rival tree-hugging city, Warwick - have been the targets of late-night attacks.
The event, intended to pump up our spirits and dispel those mid-winter blues, has now been the target of crimes which have left many participants feeling seriously let down.
The kidnapping of Stewart has been a particular blow to the enthusiasm of Nashville Scout Group members, according to Venturer Leader Sue Holden.
The staff at the Melt Me confectionery store in Mary St are also saddened by the loss of lollies with which they decorated another tree, to help sweeten the event.
The thefts have left some of the street's best-dressed trees practically naked.
Even organiser Tony Goodman said he appreciated Gympie Regional Council allowing the decorated trees to remain on display until this weekend, when displays will have to come down.
But Sue Holden says some of the little ones among her scouts are heartbroken by the damage to their special display.
"I just hope the people behind this haven't damaged our community spirit."