A closed circuit television network could be the only option to protect the Finley CBD from vandalism.By Hannah Nichols
Searching for a solution for the continued damage, often on a weekly basis, businesses are demanding that more be done to deter the senseless destruction.
Berrigan Shire Council estimates the damage is costing businesses and ratepayers a minimum of $1000 each week.
Last month via the Southern Riverina News, several business owners and the shire called on police to increase their patrols of the Finley CBD.
With vandalism still occurring almost every weekend, many businesses are saying it is time to investigate the possibility of CCTV.
Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture secretary and Murray Hut owner Sue Arnold joined with Finley Veterinary Clinic owners Susie and David Petersen to call for greater security.
Finley Chamber of Commerce have asked Berrigan Shire to investigate the option, however Berrigan Shire operations manager David Basil told the Southern Riverina News he ‘‘couldn’t see it happening’’.
‘‘Chamber has considered security cameras,’’ Mrs Arnold said.
‘‘With something happening each weekend, the vandalism is a huge concern.
‘‘We need some sort of deterrent,’’ she said.
‘‘Since this (recent damage) has happened, it is interesting just how many people have stopped us and spoken about CCTV,’’ Mrs Petersen added.
The Finley Veterinary Clinic was a victim late last month.
Three bins were set alight in the CBD more than a week ago, with one in Warmatta St damaging a section of the clinic’s facade.
The new facade had only recently been erected as part of a renovation and the Petersens have to pay to have it fixed.
‘‘It is very frustrating,’’ Mrs Petersen said.
‘‘We have to get a company from Albury come in to clean the building.
‘‘Until they clean it we won’t know the exact damage (cost).
‘‘It is really frustrating and annoying that people find it amusing to damage public property.’’
Mrs Petersen was notified of the damage by the Finley fire captain on the Sunday morning.
The public bins set alight are expected to cost Berrigan Shire $3000 to replace and followed on from other recent CBD vandalism acts, including damage to newly planted trees as part of the beautification project.
Another bin was set alight at the weekend at Finley Memorial Park, which will cost council an estimate $1200.
Mr Basil said vandalism within the shire had become a regular event and had escalated over the last four months.
‘‘The damage is significant for the community and they shouldn’t be accepting it.
‘‘The bins are worth $1200 and then you have to factor in freight and labour.
‘‘I just don’t know why they are doing this, it is getting to be a real nuisance.
‘‘We are appealing to the community because the way things are continuing it is quite a large bill — the damage is consistently $1000 (or more) a weekend.
‘‘Anyone with any information should report it to police or call the confidential Crime Stoppers service 1800
Mrs Arnold said the cost of replacing or fixing damaged items was not only an impost on council, saying it costs businesses as well.
‘‘Chamber is disgusted with all the vandalism that has occurred.
‘‘The cost to business at a time when the economy is not that great is tremendous, not to mention the cost to the shire.
‘‘It is a waste of ratepayers’ money.’’
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