Vandals cost shire over $13,000

Damage to Liebherr machine at Eden Transfer Station.

Damage to Liebherr machine at Eden Transfer Station.

Bega Valley Shire Council is facing a bill of over $13,000 after vandalism to its property on Mount Darragh Road and Eden and an attempted theft at Candelo.

The most serious incident took place at Eden transfer station, overnight on November 30 when vandals entered the secured site.

A Liebherr machine had its windows smashed, the fuel tank was tampered with and all internal control panels were smashed.

Damage to Liebherr machine at Eden Transfer Station.

Damage to Liebherr machine at Eden Transfer Station.

The police were called, fingerprints have been taken and due to the extensive nature of the damage, the machine has been brought back to council’s workshop. Council says repairs will cost $12,000.

Another incident took place overnight on December 4 along Mount Darragh Road at Whipstick Bridge.

Deep cycle batteries were stolen from traffic lights at the location.

Again police were notified and the lights have been brought back to council’s workshop for assessment and repair which is expected to cost $1500.

On December 2 there was an attempt to take fuel from a grader situated at Tantawanglo Mountain Road, Candelo.

A neighbour adjacent where the grader was parked noticed two or three males with jerry cans and a hose circling machine. The neighbour yelled out to the group of males who then departed quickly. The police were notified.

Council said the run of vandalism undermines its ability to serve the community and has warned it will expand the use of CCTV to increase protection of the community assets in it care.

If you have any information relating to these incidents please contact our Rangers on 6999 2222.

Council/community assets are dotted far and wide around our shire, having your eyes and ears keep watch is really appreciated.