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Watch a horrified grandmother’s Toyota Camry being CRUSHED on the Central Coast

Grandmother reveals how she was told her legally parked, fully registered Toyota Camry had been towed by rangers and CRUSHED into a cube after extraordinary council bungle

  • Grandmother’s car mistakenly crushed by local council who haven’t paid up
  • Warning came two days after the car, and everything in it, had been destroyed
  • The car was legally parked a few doors away from where her daughter lives

A devastated grandmother was dealt a crushing blow when her local council mistakenly towed her car and smashed it into a cube.

Wendy Tucker, 61, parked her 1997 burgundy Toyota Camry Conquest near her daughter’s home on a quiet street at Point Clare on the New South Wales Central Coast for eight weeks during lockdown.

Thinking it was abandoned, the Central Coast Council – dubbed the most incompetent local government in Australia – took it off the street after a complaint from neighbours and destroyed it, not even bothering to contact its owner.

The high school lab technician is still waiting for compensation and had not even been offered an apology three months after the incident.

‘I just thought the council would have been more forthcoming,’ Mrs Tucker told A Current Affair.

‘It was my only car, and it had things in it – personal belongings, emotional things – you get attached to your vehicles regardless of how good or bad they are.’

At first Ms Tucker thought it had been stolen after her son-in-law arrived, didn’t see the car and asked her where it was. 

She called the police and was eventually informed the vehicle had been towed even though it was legally parked and fully registered. 

Mrs Tucker claims the council told her to wait for a letter in the mail which would notify her of how to the car could be returned.

The following day the council called back and said the vehicle had been crushed.  

Several days later she then received the warning letter. 

Wendy Tucker, 61, was dealt a crushing blow when her local council mistakenly towed her car and smashed it into a cube

‘I thought they were exaggerating but apparently it had been crushed completely,’ she said. 

Ratepayers say they’re not surprised by the ’embarrassing’ blunder after the Central Coast Council racked up the largest local government deficit in Australian history.

The council’s debt shot up to $565million, forcing them to slash 300 jobs and raise rates by about 15 per cent rate. 

Central Coast councillor Greg Best, who resigned along with his colleagues last year when the local government went into administration has described the council as ‘a perfect storm of incompetence’. 

He told the Channel Nine program that ‘heads should roll’ over the heartless way council destroyed Mrs Tucker’s car.

Mrs Tucker is now having to borrow her daughter's car to get to and from work after her own was crushed (pictured)

Mrs Tucker is now having to borrow her daughter’s car to get to and from work after her own was crushed (pictured)

‘Surely they should have just sat down with Mrs Tucker over a cup of tea and said “sorry, here’s what we’re going to do”,’ he said. 

Instead, the council even decided to hire lawyers to dispute the compensation pay out, before eventually performing a u-turn.

‘To add insult to injury they’re now going to use Mrs Tucker’s money as a ratepayer to take her to the lawyers to demand a reduction in their compensation payout,’ Mr Best said. 

‘These people sit back in their ivory tower with their drawbridge up and fortify against Mrs Tucker, she’s now the enemy because she said “come on guys fair go, I want something for my car”.’  

Mrs Tucker in the meantime now having to borrow her daughter’s car to get to and from work. 


The Central Coast Council issued a statement to Daily Mail Australia saying that: ‘In August, Council received several complaints from residents reporting a suspected abandoned vehicle that was parked in a Point Clare residential street since June.

‘Following a two week period from when the vehicle had a notification sticker and with no contact from the owner, a letter was sent to the owner to advise that the vehicle would be towed and destroyed in accordance with the NSW Impounding Act 1993.’

It went on to say that since being contacted by the owner of the car, the council has held discussions with her ‘to ensure a reasonable outcome’. 

‘Council has commenced a review of the vehicle impounding process to ensure additional criteria (above and beyond the legislation) is considered before an abandoned vehicle is impounded and/or destroyed.

‘Vehicles parked for an extended period at a location not in the immediate vicinity of the registered owner’s address may be reported as abandoned,’ it said.  

In the wake of the A Current Affair program, the council said: 

‘Council apologies to the car owner that adequate notice wasn’t provided by letter to the registered address, and despite Council undertaking the process lawfully within the legislation, compensation is assured to the car’s owner.’