Dreaming Centre devastated by break-in, theft of cultural items

Didgeridoos, art and cultural items as well as four bronze sculpture maquettes have been stolen from the Dreaming Centre. Photos supplied.
Didgeridoos, art and cultural items as well as four bronze sculpture maquettes have been stolen from the Dreaming Centre. Photos supplied.

Cultural artefacts and artworks have been stolen in a break-in at the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre on Lake Forbes.

The theft has devastated those who have worked so hard to make the Dreaming Centre a place where local Indigenous culture can be shared, says Aileen Allen.

There aren't really words to explain how the long-term volunteer is feeling after discovering the break-in on Saturday.

Didgeridoos, copper plates, boomerangs, a quilt and artworks, all hand-crafted and donated to the Dreaming Centre were all taken in the break-in.

A series of four bronze maquettes - or models - of proposed sculptures has also been stolen.

Forbes Arts Society's Keith Mullette says the artist still has the moulds, but they too are hoping the items can be recovered.

One recovery has been made - painted emu eggs that were among the items removed from the display were found nearby and handed to police for forensic testing.

Police advise they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into the matter.

They - and the Dreaming Centre - are asking that anyone with information that can help police with their investigations contact Forbes Police on 6853 9999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

In other matters: police are investigating several thefts from vehicles, ranging from coins to a handbag.

In one offence, thieves used a golf club to smash the window of the vehicle to take a woman's handbag.

Vehicles targeted were in Honeysuckle Street, Farrand Street and Belah Street in the early hours of Friday morning if anyone has information or footage.