• Tony Bosworth

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment bought with flood grants stolen from Bensons Lane

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Hawkesbury Sports Council has asked people to be on the lookout for a large list of items stolen during a break-in at its Bensons Lane maintenance shed on Saturday night.

The tools and equipment stolen – worth thousands of dollars – included brand new items which had recently been replaced following the floods, thanks to government flood grants.

Because the shed is in a flood zone, none of the equipment could be insured.

The list of stolen items includes:

2 x cylinder mowers

2 x hand mowers,

2 x back pack blowers

2 x hand held blowers

1 x chainsaw

2 x back pack sprayers

1 x hedger

All new hand held tools – Makita drill, grinder, torches, grease guns, circular saw and more -

1 x Cdax

200 litre spray tank

3 x drums of unleaded fuel

2 x drums of diesel fuel

1 x tow behind fertiliser spreader

1 x edger

1 x gurney

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman is also urging everyone to be on the look-out for the stolen equipment.

“Back in March, the impact of the flood on the Bensons Lane clubs was so profound that it was one of the first places I took the then-Minister for Emergency Management to see and hear what the recovery needs were.”

“It's a devastating loss of things that were unable to be insured because they are in a flood zone” said the MP.

If you have any information, contact Hawkesbury Police Area Command on 4587 4099, and share this post to help get the word out.

A spokesperson for Hawkesbury Sports Council said, “Just when you thought we were coming out the end of floods, Covid, etc, we have been hit with a new low.

“Our staff are still working out exactly what has been stolen but this is devastating. The value of the equipment is still to be estimated and due to the facility being flood affected it is not insured.

“If you could pass the message around and see if anyone you know might be aware of any of this equipment being sold it would be much appreciated.”

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