Unclaimed bicycles

Sergeant Dave White from the Midland Community Liaison Unit said the bicycles were refurbished and then donated to other causes around the world.

�We have sent bikes to remote communities in the north of the state,� Sgt White said.

�They had a team of volunteers in on Friday from Iluka Mining to prepare bikes for overseas and Laverton, where they removed pedals, turned handle bars and plastic-wrapped the bikes in pairs.�

Sgt White said 22 bikes and a supply of tyres and tubes were sent to Laverton.

The majority of bikes have come from the Midland police station, which supports Bicycles for Humanity and is proving to be an alternative to the use of an auction company to get rid of them.

Midland police has also sent a container of bikes to Broome Prison.

The local inmates will rebuild the bikes in a program aimed at trying to stop children at risk being bored with nothing to do.

Acting Inspector Craig Davis said the project was an opportunity for police to give back to the community.

�Many of these bikes were going to auction but with little value,� he said.

�They couldn�t be donated until they were restored but then the workshops which changed tyres also taught people to get skills in fixing bikes.�

He said another 40 bikes had been sent to Punmu Martu community to keep the youth involved in activities that stop them getting bored.

�We hope to make a difference to youth in these communities,� Sgt White said.