Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Van­dals tar­get house­boats again

- By OLIVIA DUFFEY Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Deniliquin

For the sec­ond week­end in a row large rocks have been used to smash the win­dows and doors of two house­boats moored in the Deniliquin CBD.

Ed­ward River House­boat own­ers Neil Goudie and Yvonne Lloyd said they are now ques­tion­ing whether they should keep the business.

The couple said the glass had only been re­paired a few days be­fore the sec­ond at­tack, and just be­fore one of the boats was to be hired out for the first time since the Coro­n­avirus pan­demic hit.

‘‘We had the glazier there the pre­vi­ous Sun­day for a boat to go out Mon­day this week,’’ Mr Goudie said

‘‘But we turned up on Satur­day morn­ing to more bro­ken glass, in­clud­ing the new ones that had just been put in.

‘‘The glazier came around again on Sun­day and saved us so we could still get the boat out on Mon­day.’’

Ms Lloyd said had they not been able to get the win­dows fixed again so quickly, they would have lost the in­come they ex­pected to get from this week’s hire.

‘‘It is the first hire of the year, so we don’t need this hap­pen­ing,’’ she said.

The couple said they will now in­ves­ti­gate in­stalling se­cu­rity cam­eras, but say they shouldn’t need to.

‘‘There will now be video sur­veil­lance, but if you know any­thing about the dam­age please let us know,’’ Mr Goudie said.

‘‘They have no re­spect,” Ms Lloyd added, re­fer­ring to the cul­prits.

‘‘We love the river and we love Deniliquin, but we can’t do any more of this. It is two week­ends in a row now.

‘‘We might just have to get rid of the boats, be­cause that might be the only op­tion. We are just up­set this has hap­pened again.’’

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