Trea­sure hunter wrecks pipe­line

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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