Flow reg­u­la­tors dam­aged in tar­geted at­tack

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Tara Whitsed Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses and any­one who saw any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour is urged to phone the Echuca Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit on 5483 1500.

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.

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