Theft hits at heart of community

A LAUNCESTON community organisation is reeling after its work vehicle, trailer and tools were stolen and torched.

Denise Delphin, who runs the Northern Suburbs Community Centre, said the stolen ute was a critical part of the organisation's operation. 

The centre has worked for 30 years to build a stronger community in the area with projects like its social enterprise.

The stolen property was used by the centre's garden maintenance crew to carry out gardening, odd jobs and rubbish collection  from Youngtown to George Town.

The enterprise also draws in revenue, which helps the centre to become less reliant on grants.

``Now we don't have the ute and trailer that's really put everything to a halt,'' Ms Delphin said.

``The guys can't get on with their jobs helping out the community.

``And the community's angry, and rightly so, because it's taking away from them.''

The property was stolen and set on fire in the early hours of Monday.

``We will never give up and we try and not let things like this affect us but it's a bit disheartening,'' she said.

``However, the community support has been huge - we put the news on social media and the response has been great.'''

Since news broke of the theft a people mover has been loaned to the centre.

New addition to the maintenance crew Yogi Glover said the enterprise kept him busy and meeting new people. 

Crew manager Graham Woodroff said it helped a lot of participants get connected with the community and build a pathway to regular employment.

``It's not only for us, some of the customers, they enjoy us coming around,'' he said.

Anybody with information about the stolen property is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Tasmania Police on 131 444.

Northern Suburbs Community Centre co-ordinator Denise Delphin, maintenance crew manager Graham Woodroff and trainee Yogi Glover with the centre's torched ute. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Northern Suburbs Community Centre co-ordinator Denise Delphin, maintenance crew manager Graham Woodroff and trainee Yogi Glover with the centre's torched ute. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

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