Stolen and torched vehicle a blow for community transport volunteers

The stolen Tumut District Community Transport Honda Odyssey burning at the Tumut Bush Common on Sunday morning.

Snowy Valleys Council CEO Matthew Hyde has expressed his great disappointment after a Tumut District Community Transport vehicle was stolen and destroyed. 

The Honda Odyssey was stolen from the SVC Tumut depot on Friday night. Fencing to the closed carpark was cut and the car was later found on fire by Tumut Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service and police units on Sunday morning at the Tumut Bush Common.

Tumut Police are still investigating the matter.

Mr Hyde said the council takes the vandalism and damage to its property seriously and it was extremely disappointing to see senseless destruction of property occurring.

“It is also a big blow to our community transport volunteers who give so generously of their time and energy to keep the fleet in good condition ensuring that frail and transport disadvantaged community members are able to access essential medical appointments,” he said. 

“Vandalism like this ends up impacting the community as well as the council and ultimately we all end up paying a price as a consequence”.

Mr Hyde encouraged residents with any information about suspicious behaviour around the council property to contact the Tumut Police.

Community Transport offers accessible transport services to the transport disadvantaged including but not restricted to people with disabilities and their carers, veterans, frail aged and Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) clients living in the Snowy Valleys Region. Trips are conducted as needs require. Due to Covid-19 restrictions transport is only available for medical appointments at this time.  

The Tumut District Community Transport’s vehicle fleet normally consists of five station wagons, a bus which accommodates one wheelchair and one mini bus.  All vehicles have modifications to cater for all accessibility needs.