Treasure hunter wrecks pipeline
FOR the second time in a little more than 12 months, a treasure seeker has caused considerable damage to council’s underground irrigation pipes in the Bargara Streetscape area.
Several damaged pipes will need to be repaired after a person operating a metal detector mistakenly identified metal fittings on Councils pipes as buried valuables.
Divisional representative Cr Greg Barnes said the costly mistake bore a significant resemblance to a similar incident in September last year.
“Council believes the metal detector operator, alerted by the presence of metal clips on the irrigation system, has used a shovel to access the objects, causing damage to the pipes,” Cr Barnes said.
In this area Council uses sub-surface drip irrigation, so damage to one section renders the entire network of pipes ineffective.
The repairs will require a significant amount of time and money which could otherwise have been spent on proactive improvement of the region’s parks and gardens.
Cr Wayne Honor said council had no issue with people using metal responsibly but not be carried out on council-controlled property.
Council will consider appropriate action if damage is caused.
Anyone witnessing the use of metal detectors in this section of foreshore parkland are urged to contact the council on 1300 883 699.