The group had developed a plan to turn Webber Reserve into a nature-based playground and was granted funding by the City of Melville’s Robin Hood project last year.
The playground is now well underway thanks to the tireless efforts of the group’s volunteers but a burglary has set the project back.
On the night of Thursday, March 6, a trailer containing $2000 worth of prepared jarrah was stolen.
Local architect and nature-based play expert Terry Farrell, who helped design the playground, said it was a blow for the dedicated community group.
‘We were really excited because we had all worked so hard and the last two cubbies were just about to go up. Then they were gone,’ he said.
‘The symbolic loss of the donated hours, de-barking, grinding and painting the wood has been disappointing.’
It was Mr Farrell’s grey, tandem car trailer that was stolen along with the wood but, not to be defeated, he has donated more jarrah and the group has been preparing it as quickly as possible.
‘From this setback, these Willagee friends have fortified their commitment to the project and their community,’ he said.
The jarrah logs are twisted, smooth and painted with timber oil. Group members believe they have possibly been dumped somewhere.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact police. The group also welcomes people willing to build cubbies, spread soil and shape the park on weekends.
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