No junk mail signs vanish in Mt Hawthorn

Gabby Pracilio with a handful of the ‘no junk mail’ leaf signs. About 50 of the signs have disappeared in mysterious circumstances in Mt Hawthorn.
Gabby Pracilio with a handful of the ‘no junk mail’ leaf signs. About 50 of the signs have disappeared in mysterious circumstances in Mt Hawthorn.

VOLUNTEERS from a community group are frustrated that at least 50 No Junk Mail signs have been stolen from properties in Mt Hawthorn.

Transition Town Mt Hawthorn (TTMH) started delivering its bright green No Junk Mail signs to Leederville last weekend, after last year delivering the signs across Mt Hawthorn using an environmental grant from the City of Vincent to reduce paper waste.

Lisa Mazzella from the group said the project started small and grew after other residents asked for signs.

“We started small, with signs delivered to a few streets in my suburbs of Mt Hawthorn in early 2014,” Ms Mazzella said.

“It wasn’t long before we saw many green leaves popping up on letterboxes and we knew other locals wanted to reduce their paper waste too, so we expanded the project.”

TTMH volunteer Gabby Pracilio said almost 3000 signs were printed after receiving the grant in 2014 for Mt Hawthorn and 2015 for Leederville.

However, 50 signs across at least eight streets in Mt Hawthorn were stolen, leaving the volunteers baffled.

“Last week eight streets were targeted ranging from a few to almost all signs missing,” Gabby Pracilio said.

“Since then we have been notified of more signs going missing,” she said.

Ms Pracilio said volunteers would be dropping the signs into letterboxes in Leederville without an existing no junk mail sign and would replace stolen signs.

“From little things big things grow, so we hope other locals are keen to keep this initiative growing into their suburb,” Ms Pracilio said.

Anyone with details about the sign thief is asked to contact police on 131 444 or email the group about missing signs at ttmthawthorn@ gmail.com.