Flow regulators damaged in targeted attack
Some $70 000 worth of GoulburnMurray Water equipment was damaged in a targeted attack at Stanhope recently, possibly limiting water access for farmers.
‘‘Flow regulators that control the flow of water into the main channel and farm properties in the area were damaged and components stolen,’’ Rushworth police Leading Senior Constable Colin McEwan said.
‘‘We believe offenders have used some sort of tools to bust locked battery boxes open and cause extensive damage, which is set to cost G-MW $70 000 to get operational again.’’
Police said until the machinery was fixed, some farmers in the area may be unable to access water if they were due an allocation.
‘‘We received a call from G-MW yesterday morning presumably because they weren’t receiving any response from their flow regulators,’’ Ldg Sen Const McEwan said.
A G-MW spokeswoman said technicians were working on repairing the equipment.