Nambucca Valley Council grader destroyed by fire

NAMBUCCA Valley Council’s grader was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night at Greenhills Road, Taylors Arm. Police attended the site and investigations continue.

The incident is expected to delay Council’s road maintenance grading program, and Council is actively seeking alternate arrangements to mitigate the impact on the local community and road network.

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A further update will be provided once the availability of a replacement grader is determined.

“We believe it was deliberate as the tool boxes were smashed and the tools stolen,” Mayor Rhonda Hoban told News Of The Area.

The destruction of the grader has also had an emotional impact on the Council’s work crews, with the machine named in memory of a former crew member.

“Our outdoor crews were gutted, because apart from the impact it will have on our ability to maintain our rural roads for our residents, there is a sentimental link to that machine.

“It used to be operated by one of our lads who passed away at a young age, leaving a wife and young family behind.

“He was known to all as ‘Big Dog’.”

If members of the public have any further information in regards to this incident please contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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