Thrilled to be getting a replacement rainwater tank were (front, from left) Casino West Public School students Danielle Bennett, Makayla Wallace, Lillian Green, and Julia Simon with (back, from left) teacher Cheryl Patch, Stuart George of Metgasco and Gavin Waring of Lanson Trading, Casino.
Thrilled to be getting a replacement rainwater tank were (front, from left) Casino West Public School students Danielle Bennett, Makayla Wallace, Lillian Green, and Julia Simon with (back, from left) teacher Cheryl Patch, Stuart George of Metgasco and Gavin Waring of Lanson Trading, Casino. Scott Harlum

Generous businesses replace school's stolen water tank

VEGETABLE gardens at Casino West Public School will bloom again thanks to the generosity of Northern Rivers businesses who've pulled together to replace a stolen rainwater tank.

As reported by The Northern Star on Thursday, some time between Monday night and Tuesday morning probably more than one person entered the school and removed the tank.

They went to quite an effort, cutting feeder pipes and emptying the 2000 litres the tank held before removing it.

Teacher Melinda McCormick cried at the news the tank was gone and was disgusted someone would commit such an act.

That despair was replaced by joy yesterday when Mrs McCormick and the school learned their tank would be replaced.

Casino based coal seam gas company Metgasco, along with Casino's Lanson Trading and Alstonville-based Duraplas will all pitch in for a new tank.

Lanson Trading will supply and install the tank which will be paid for by Metgasco at a discounted rate through Duraplas.

This tank will have a larger 2700 litre capacity and be fitted with security devices which ensure thieves don't get a second go.

"It shows there is still good out there," Mrs McCormick said of the plan.

Even though you get the bad, there is good too and it means I can have a bit of faith in society again.

Lanson Trading owner Gavin Waring said the plan resulted from The Northern Star's article highlighting the theft.

"I saw the article in the paper and thought it was a pretty low act from someone within the community and I just wanted to help," he said.



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