MEMBERS of the Lions Club of Toora have replaced a gate that went missing earlier this month from the secondary entrance to the Welshpool Cemetery in Telegraph Road at Port Welshpool.
The original gate disappeared in mysterious circumstances during the first week of August 2021.
The gate’s absence was noticed shortly after by a Toora Lion who has a close connection to one of the graves in the cemetery, which is situated near the gateway.
The Lion’s fellow members agreed that the right thing to do for a community organisation such as theirs would be to reinstate the missing gate and so return a community facility back to the way it was.
The Lions Club purchased a galvanised steel farm gate from AG Warehouse in Foster, and several members assembled at the cemetery on Thursday August 12, 2021 to install it.
The secondary entrance is located about 100 metres west of the Welshpool Cemetery’s main entrance.
A long-term Welshpool Cemetery Trust member said they understood the cemetery’s gate was one of several farm-style gates in the Port Welshpool and Hedley areas that had been taken from their posts at around the same time.
The Trust member said they had also heard that the nuts securing the hinges of other similar gates had been loosened or removed, indicating that the person or people responsible may have been disturbed while attempting further thefts.
“The Welshpool Cemetery Trust appreciates the kindness of the Toora Lions and we’ll be sending an official letter expressing our thanks.”
A Foster Police spokesman said some of the gates had been officially reported as stolen, along with a variety of items such as tools and small machinery taken from garages, farm sheds and outbuildings in recent months.
“We urge all Corner Inlet district residents to report any unexplained losses that may have occurred, as well as if they notice any suspicious behaviour or unfamiliar vehicles around the area,” the spokesman said.
“We also recommend that all householders, and farm and rural holding owners and occupiers to carry out a review of their property’s security measures and to make sure vehicles and buildings are locked.
“Ring the Foster Police on 5682 2407 and press 1, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or for non-urgent matters contact the Victoria Police Assistance Line on 131 444.”
The general public may also lodge concerns about non-urgent matters via the Internet at www.