RESIDENTS now have at least one-thousand reasons to come forward with any information they may have about a spate of damage in the vicinity of a disused mine shaft on the Green Hill Lake Estate.
Landowner Peter Damman is offering a $1000 reward for anyone with information that may lead to an arrest of someone responsible.
In the most recent case offenders went to extraordinary lengths to try and gain access to the disused mineshaft some time between August 1 and 6.
It is believed a vehicle was reversed to the entrance of the shaft, with a rope or chain attached to the wooden fence palings blocking the entrance.
The vehicle was driven away ripping the wooden fence palings from the front of the disused mineshaft.
Mr Damman estimates the offender(s) has caused up to $5000 damage.
He has himself taken measures to ensure people couldn't gain access to the site, by heaping soil at the bottom of the shaft, inserting locks and nailing fence palings across the entrance.
"It is a liability issue, if people are doing this to try and enter the mineshaft they are putting themselves at risk," he said.
Mr Damman said the latest act of damage is the last straw and he is offering a reward in an effort to prevent having to pay out future costs.
"In the last couple of years there have been break-ins where people have broken locks and damaged property, each time that costs money to replace so that's a lot of costs," he said.
"I am sick and tired of having to paying out all the time, hopefully this reward might persuade people not to do it."
Mr Damman has been a member of the Green Hill Lake Development Board for more than 20 years and said acts of vandalism and destruction of property are recurrent.
"These people do so much damage, I have been on the committee for 24 years and in that time we have had hoons rip up the roads and vandals destroy parts of the wetland area, it's a nightmare," he said.
If you have any information about the incident please contact Peter Damman on 5352 1689.