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Wanton destruction at Dalby's Waminda recycling depot

BURNING PAIN: Waminda's recycling depot stacks were set alight again last Thursday.
BURNING PAIN: Waminda's recycling depot stacks were set alight again last Thursday.

STAFF of disability service provider Waminda are at their wits' end after yet another suspected arson attack which destroyed recycled cardboard worth $10,000.

Police are treating as suspicious the fire which took seven hours to extinguish Dalby's Hunter St, depot on Thursday.

Arson attacks at the centre have become so frequent the company was forced to install security cameras last year in an attempt to deter or catch those responsible.

But Bridge Employment - a division of Waminda - regional manager Jenna Kennedy told the Dalby Herald this fire was the worst they had experienced at the depot.

Ms Kennedy said three weeks of recycling work was destroyed in the blaze, which the Dalby Fire Brigade said was the fifth call-out to the depot in just 18 months.

"We're shocked and disappointed," Ms Kennedy said.

"People with evil intent have destroyed part of the income from a community group."

She said the employees of the recycling program were noticeably upset and the fire had knock-on effects.

"It services the community… it's now an inconvenience to them that we cannot pick up business' recycling for a few days," she said.

"And the employees are losing days' work."

Fifty bales of recycling material are usually positioned at the depot, but 200 were at the depot, due to a delay in transporting them off site.

Captain Ian Tuppack of Dalby Fire Brigade said recycling fires were extremely difficult to extinguish, and this one was no different.

"They're difficult to handle because you've got to unpack each stack bit by bit and damp it down to get to the seed of the fire," Capt Tuppack said.

Capt Tuppack said the openness of the stacks made them an easy target.

"It's so open to the public, it's not secure," he said.

Police are currently reviewing the footage on the newly-installed security cameras and Senior Constable Ross Barnes of the Dalby Police said they believed the fire was deliberately lit.

"It's one of the lowest acts you can come across," Snr Const Barnes said.

"You've got an organisation that tries hard to provide meaningful employment for people with a disability in the community.

"I'd love to see them charged."

Topics:  arson dalby fire waminda


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