SHOCKED: Sheila Kemp shows her disgust at the site where vandals stole rose bushes from the infant section at the Nanango cemetery.
SHOCKED: Sheila Kemp shows her disgust at the site where vandals stole rose bushes from the infant section at the Nanango cemetery. Jordan Philp

Heartless thieves steal infant grave memorials

'HEARTLESS' vandals have stolen infant grave memorials at the Nanango Cemetery.

Rose bushes valued at more than $600 were stolen from the infant section of the Nanango cemetery sometime between Monday and Wednesday last week.

The rose bushes were bought and planted by the community in June as an effort to mark a spot for remembrance at the cemetery.

Organiser of the fundraising and planting Sheila Kemp said she felt sick from the atrocious act.

"People have donated hundreds of dollars because of their children and family members buried here," she said.

"It is heartless."

Ms Kemp has been hard at work in the past five years gathering signatures and community support to bring the South Burnett Regional Council on board with the beautification project.

And everything was going to plan until the rose bushes were stolen.

"How can these people go out into their garden and look at something that was stolen from the infant section at the cemetery," Ms Kemp said.

"Stealing at all is wrong but from the garden of an infant section is just disgusting."

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said it was of the "lowest acts" he has seen in 30 years.

"Having vandalism done at the cemetery is absolutely disgraceful," he said.

"I don't know what is wrong with these people.

"It is a place where people go to remember their loved ones, it's just despicable, words cannot explain my feelings."

Ms Kemp has appealed for witnesses or anyone who may have any information about the stolen roses.

"There must be a neighbour who has noticed something," she said.

"If anyone has noticed anything please come forward, even if it is anonymously."

The rose bushes theft has been reported to police.

Despite the setback, Ms Kemp is determined to continue the project.

"They have delayed the process, but we won't be defeated," she said.

Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Nanango police station on 4163 1211.

South Burnett


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