Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Signs Disappear in Smoke

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Signs Disappear in Smoke

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Jenz

Davidson

Journalist

jenz.davidson@apn.com.au

GUNALDA and Anderleigh Rural Fire Brigade first officer Wayne Harris has had enough.

Not only are important signs being stolen on a regular basis, but people are not granting the fire trucks right of way on to the Bruce Hwy.

"We went to a grass fire at Fosters Lane on Wednesday, and as required, we put out smoke hazard signs either side of the fire.

"We usually remove them after the fire has died down, but both had been stolen, and unfortunately, it's far from the first time this has happened," Mr Harris said.

"I reckon, since I got here in 2000, hundreds of signs have been stolen, not just here at Gunalda but across our region," he said.

Mr Harris is at a loss to understand why people steal from themselves.

"Each sign costs over $120 to replace, but what the public doesn't seem to realise is that they're not stealing from the rural fire brigade, they're stealing from themselves. …

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