Peel Riding for the Disabled overwhelmed by community response to stolen water tank


Kristin Hosken.
Picture: Jon Hewson        d463942
Kristin Hosken. Picture: Jon Hewson        d463942

A VOLUNTEER with the Peel Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group has been overwhelmed with the community response after a 15,000l water tank was stolen from the historic Mead farm near Kwinana.

The tank had been waiting for installation at the property as part of the group’s efforts to centralise horses that had been agisted on properties in Baldivis and eventually run classes for disabled riders.

The RDA’s Mead Farm volunteer co-ordinator Kristin Hosken said she realised the tank, which cost $2500, had been stolen while attending an on-site meeting with WA Heritage Council representatives on December 22.

“While still fundraising money to have our tank installed, someone decided they needed it more and stole it,” Ms Hosken said.

“We bought it with money that our group had fundraised so it was a lot of jars of jam and chutney.”

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But she said the community had responded well, with Henderson-based business Australian Pressure Testing Services to donate a 22,000l capacity replacement tank.

“I’m blown away by the response,” she said.

“And people who think they saw the tank have also contacted Crime Stoppers.”

The Peel RDA is leasing the property from the Department of Parks Wildlife to create a permanent home.

“Voluntary agistment opportunities in Baldivis are decreasing due to rapid urban development,” she said.

The group uses the Baldivis Equestrian and Pony Club during weekdays but is unable to hold classes on weekends.

It is in the process of obtaining approvals for a water licence, toilet facilities and fencing to enable horses to be agisted and for weekend classes to start at Mead Farm, hopefully in the next 12-18 months.

“The first priority is to get the horses out here,” Ms Hosken said. “We’ve had terrific support from community groups that have helped clean up the area.”