Peel Riding for the Disabled overwhelmed by community response to stolen water tank

Peel Riding for the Disabled volunteer Kristin Hosken.       d463942
Peel Riding for the Disabled volunteer Kristin Hosken.       d463942

A VOLUNTEER with the Peel Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group has been overwhelmed with the community response after a 15,000L water tank was stolen from the historic Mead farm near Kwinana.

The tank had been waiting to be installed at the property as part of the group’s efforts to centralise horses that had been agisted on properties in Baldivis and eventually run classes for disabled riders.

Volunteer co-ordinator Kristin Hosken said she realised the tank, which cost $2500, had been stolen while attending an on-site meeting with WA Heritage Council officials on December 22.

“While still fundraising money to have our tank installed, someone decided they needed it more and stole it,” Ms Hosken said.

“We bought it with money that our group had fundraised, so it was a lot of jars of jam and chutney.”

But she said the community had responded well, with Henderson-based business Australian Pressure Testing Services donating a 22,000L capacity replacement tank.

“I’m blown away by the response,” she said.

“And people who think they saw the tank have also contacted Crime Stoppers.”

The Peel RDA is leasing the property from the Department of Parks Wildlife to create a permanent home.