Thief targets revamped Macleay Island jetty

TAKEN: The wood and stained glass sculpture, by Macleay Island artist David Ross, was removed sometime between 3pm on Saturday, January 6 and 3pm the next day. Photo: Supplied

TAKEN: The wood and stained glass sculpture, by Macleay Island artist David Ross, was removed sometime between 3pm on Saturday, January 6 and 3pm the next day. Photo: Supplied

A SCULPTURE and plants set up about a month ago to beautify the Macleay Island jetty have been stolen already.

Macleay Island Progress Association president Charmaine Stubbs said residents were heartbroken by the theft, which she described as an act of “mindlessness”.

The wood and stained glass piece, crafted by Macleay Island artist David Ross, was removed from its concrete base and the planter boxes raided sometime between 3pm on Saturday, January 6 and 3pm the next day.

“This is so heartbreaking for the islanders who are proud of their island home and have been working together to make such a difference to the area,” Ms Stubbs said.

“The artwork was among the first of an ongoing program of artworks and sculptures planned to be part of an overall improvement of the area for islanders and visitors.”

TARGETED: Agaves and mother-in-law's tongue succulents were some of the plants stolen from planter boxes, which were built for the jetty refurbishment. Photo: Supplied

TARGETED: Agaves and mother-in-law's tongue succulents were some of the plants stolen from planter boxes, which were built for the jetty refurbishment. Photo: Supplied

Island artists and locals had worked with Redland City Council late last month to beautify the jetty area using a $5000 grant, with the wood and stained glass sculpture installed alongside planter boxes, new notice boards and a large turtle mural.

Island resident Karen Wright, who donated about 10 succulents including agaves, said she had no problem with replanting the boxes but was worried they would again be targeted by thieves.

She said each of the mature plants worth more than $35.

Macleay Island station officer-in-charge Sergeant David Purcell urged anyone with information about the theft to contact police.

“Police are seeking any information from the community which could assist with the location and return of this community project,” he said.

To make a report, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444.