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Police donate unclaimed bikes to local students

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Students collect bikes from the property room to be re-conditioned.

Students from the Tom Quinn Community Centre Alternative School have teamed up with Bundaberg Police to find new ways to utilise lost or unclaimed bikes.

According to Senior Community Crime Prevention Officer Sue Rewald, an average of 10 bikes per month end up in the property room at the Bundaberg Police Station.

“That’s a whopping 120 per year with roughly only 50 per cent of these claimed by their owners,” she said.

“For bikes that aren’t claimed, they are donated to local organisations.”

Recently, students from the Tom Quinn Community Centre Alternative School visited the local police station to collect bikes to restore as part of their studies.

“Students select a bike to work on and once repairs are complete they can keep their freshly restored bike,” Snr Const Rewald said.

“Any bicycles that are beyond repair are stripped of usable parts which are used to re-condition others.

Snr Const Rewald said the initiative was not only beneficial for the students, it was also a step towards helping the environment.

“With so many things these days going to landfill, it is wonderful to see the donated bikes get a second chance,” she said.

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