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NEW CMAG BOSS AIMS TO
VILLAGE RESIDENTS FIGHT
FOR NEW LAWS
Sanctuary donations stolen
Canberra Reptile Sanctuary volunteers Luke Dunn and Emma Carlson are angry that two donation boxes used
to fund research projects have been stolen.
Picture: Elesa Lee
an uncertain future
VOLUNTEERS at the Canberra Rep-
tile Sanctuary have been left furious
after two donation boxes were stolen
from the centre.
The funds were to be directed
towards research projects and the
completion of enclosures and displays
in the sanctuary.
Chief research scientist Dustin
Welbourne said the volunteers were
quite distressed that people would steal
from a non-profit organisation.
The Gold Creek-based sanctuary
receives no government funding and
relies on donations and tourism trade
Mr Welbourne said the boxes had
been set up as a way for people to
directly contribute to research projects.
Each of the six boxes was named
with a particular topic so a person
could chose an area they were interes-
ted in to donate to. The money in the
boxes would be directed to that
particular project area.
He estimated there was about $800
contained in the two donation boxes,
money which would now have to be
taken from other projects.
Mr Welbourne said the sanctuary
already operated under difficult condi-
tions and the theft was quite a blow to
the dedicated team's spirits.
"We just don't have the staff, don't
have CCTV, we just don't have the
money to cover things like that," he
The theft occurred during a recent
influx of visitors and the thieves left no
Mr Welbourne said because of this
he had decided not to report the theft to
The reptile sanctuary has been hit
with theft before. Two flags were
stolen in 2009 when Mr Welbourne
tried to attract more visitors.
Two of the flags on the nearby
highway were stolen almost as soon as
they were displayed.
Now the remaining $5000 worth of
flags sit in a cupboard.
Mr Welbourne said the Canberra
Reptile Sanctuary held an important
role in the city as a place for people to
learn about the region's snakes and
He said if the sanctuary continued to
operate under similar conditions and
did not receive money from the ACT
Government they would likely "go the
way of the dinosaurs".
A spokesman from ACT Policing
said businesses looking to improve the
security of their workplace could visit
www.police.act.gov.au and read fact-
sheets on security information for
businesses in the ACT.
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