Community helps to rebuild following cemetery attack

The committee formed following a vandalism attack on Sedgefield Cemetery has met this afternoon to determine the next steps for repairs.
The Singleton community was united in outrage after 36 headstones were damaged in the incident on Friday night, with support for a Mayoral Fund opened this week amounting to more than $3,550 in less than five days.
Comprising representatives from Singleton Council, funeral directors and affected families, the committee has documented a register of damaged monuments that are eligible for financial assistance under the fund.
Anthony Egan, Council’s Director Corporate and Community said he hoped the Fund would help to provide some comfort to the families affected by the incident.
“This was a senseless attack that resulted not only in a significant amount of financial damage, but considerable distress for the families affected,” he said.
“The Mayoral Fund was a channel for Council and the community to rally together to provide tangible support for those families, in order to repair the damaged monuments and hopefully some level of comfort.
“We now have a better understanding of the damage involved.
“Council has a register of the affected monuments that are eligible for financial assistance for repairs, and will be in contact with those families in the near future.”
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said the community’s outrage following the incident demonstrated there was zero tolerance for vandalism of any kind in the Singleton.
“The vandalism we saw on Friday night has been distressing for everyone in our community, and it is still very hard for people to come to terms with,” she said.
“But we can take heart from the level of community support and I thank everyone who has donated to the Mayoral Fund for their generosity and consideration of others at what is a low point for our community.
“I hope the perpetrators of this incident, and anyone who commits vandalism against our community, gets the message loud and clear that it is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”