GVW facilities not for recreation
04 January 2018
Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) has increased surveillance at its water and wastewater facilities after several perimeter fences were cut to gain access to sites in recent weeks.
Members of the public and GVW staff have reported recreational fishing and minor boating activities at Tatura, Kyabram and Tongala facilities where fences have had holes cut, some on more than one occasion, prompting GVW to remind the public that entry into their sites was prohibited.
GVW Operations Manager, Steven Nash, said the Corporation is responsible for providing safe drinking water to the community and managing intrusions impacts on the delivery of these services. “It is important that the water is not subject to contamination by people swimming, boating or camping, and for this reason all our sites are fenced and signed to indicate that public access is not permitted.”
Mr Nash also said that gaining unauthorised access to GVW facilities will lead to prosecution. ‘‘Theft and property damage are serious offences and GVW will take all measures necessary to stop members of the public illegally entering our sites.’’
GVW treatment facilities are industrial sites which require official inductions and permission to enter, they do not provide a safe environment for the public and there are risks of injury to trespassers. GVW staff will report all illegal activities to the police immediately. Those who enjoy fishing and boating activities are encouraged to utilise nearby waterways that are open for recreational use, including Waranga Basin or the Murray and Goulburn rivers.
Members of the public who notice any suspicious activity at GVW facilities are encouraged to report it directly to local police, or GVW’s 24 hour Customer Service Centre on 1800 454 500.