Following a number of break-ins at the Bayside Garden Centre in Kogarah, Bayside Council has stepped up security with cameras and more security fencing.
Bayside Mayor Joe Awada said it was a sad day when Council had to put up security fencing to keep out thieves from a local nursery that provides meaningful employment for people with a disability.
“Stealing is a low act, but stealing from our most vulnerable is despicable,” he said.
“Council has stepped up security at the site installing cameras on the street and internally, as well as increasing security around the perimeter fencing,” he said.
Bayside Garden Centre is a joint a venture between Council and the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George.
Thieves have broken into the nursery on several occasions recently.
Mayor Awada said the staff at the Garden Centre had done a tremendous job building up the nursery in recent years and was turning a healthy profit which was reinvested into the centre.
“It is open to the public and well worth a visit,” he said.
“The variety of plants is impressive, over 800 different species, but it also enjoyable just to wander around the beautifully laid out gardens,” he said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the break-ins or has any information which may assist the police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.