Rats: major damage to cathedral organ
Devilish rodents blamed for causing $100,000 damage
RATS have caused more than $100,000 damage to one of Wangaratta’s most treasured possessions.
About two months ago, Father Ken Goodger said the Wangaratta Cathedral’s director of music noticed the organ in the Holy Trinity Cathedral wasn’t playing as well as it usually did.
The cathedral’s regular organ builder was called earlier than usual to investigate what might be wrong with the instrument.
Fr Goodger said the organ is “widely considered one of the best in Australia”, and it would be a shame if it couldn’t be repaired as soon as possible.
“He discovered that rats had got into the organ and done a lot of damage, especially to the bellows which they’d eaten through,” he said.
“It’s a very expensive instrument and repairs are fairly specialised – the rats have done more than $100,000 of damage.
“The organ is very important to the music in the cathedral.
“We were hoping to get things fixed before Christmas but it looks as though it’ll be into next year before it can be used to accompany services and recitals.”
People who want to make donations can do so by contacting the cathedral offie on 5721 3719 or via email at email@example.com.
AW, RATS: Father Ken Goodger is hopeful enough money can be raised to restore the cathedral’s organ to perfect working condition, after rats caused $100,000 damage to it. INSET: Some of the damage and mess the rodents caused.