The wanton arson attack on machinery used in the construction of the Hunter Expressway beggars belief.
With a damage bill to the excavation equipment
estimated at more than $500,000, this was no minor prank.
While the damage to the equipment will not affect the overall timetable for work on the eastern section of the
project, it is expected to take the Hunter Expressway alliance a few days to find replacement machines.
All too often we criticise governments and the companies they engage to carry out major projects for cost and time over-runs without taking into consideration incidents such as this.
In a similar vein, many people are also critical of the lack of infrastructure, such as the roads, or that there are too few jobs available for workers.
Here, right in our own backyard we have a billion-plus dollar project delivering a world-class road that will benefit drivers not only in NSW but those traversing in the inland route between Queensland and Victoria as well.
And in its making it has benefitted hundreds of workers who have found employment on the project; and those jobs have had a positive flow-on effect throughout the Lower Hunter economy.
Hunter Expressway management and workers are said to be disheartened by the vandalism – so should we all.
But someone must know something about what happened at Buchanan on Sunday night.
Please do the right thing and contact Maitland police or Crime Stoppers.