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TAS Country : October 7th 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 8, 2010 MESS: Burnie Show treasurer Max Hutchinson surveys the damage. Picture: CHRIS KIDD Ram-raid takes gloss off show KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE Burnie Show Committee has been left devastated after a ram-raid on the show's main office on Monday caused thousands of dollars damage. Show committee secretary Anne Kaine it was the third time the office had been broken into in 13 months. She said it was a huge blow to the committee of hard-working volunteers, after what had been a highly successful show last weekend. ''It certainly leaves a sour taste in your mouth,'' Ms Kaine said. ''The worst thing is a lot of the committee are volunteers and they're retirees, so they've spent a lifetime working on the buildings out there and improving everything, so to have something like this happen again is pretty devastating for them.'' The thieves used a stolen four-wheel- drive Nissan Patrol to ram into the show office about 1.30am on Monday. The 4WD was driven through a wall, causing about $15,000 damage. The thieves tried to break into the one-tonne office safe, which was moved 6m across the floor by the collision, but were disturbed and left the scene. Ms Kaine said the police had been able to obtain some good forensic evidence and were hopeful they would be able to find out who was involved with the ram-raid. She said cash was never kept on the premises at the showgrounds, so even if the thieves had managed to get into the safe they would not have had anything to show for it. ''That's just our policy, we never keep cash here, but that doesn't seem to stop them,'' Ms Kaine said. She said the clean-up after the ram-raid was now well under way and builders had been out to secure the building. ''It's very frustrating to have this happen after having such a successful show, because it was really good couple of days,'' Ms Kaine said. Burnie Show reports: Pages 8, 9 Hydro hits back over rights HYDRO Tasmania has re- acted angrily to allegations made by a farmer in last week's Tasmanian Country.. Farm manager Neil Wil- liams said Ouse River far- mers were frustrated with protracted negotiations with Hydro over water rights. Mr Williams alleged Hydro was only interested in farmers' historical usage of water and not their future needs. Hydro manager Michael Connarty said the allega- tions were ''misleading''. ''What Hydro is attempt- ing to do is resolve a situation, which was cre- ated by loose language in 1957 legislation to give irri- gators unfettered water rights,'' Mr Connarty said. ''We are attempting to define water rights for in- dividual properties.'' Ouse River irrigators convenor Scott Ashton- Jones said the majority of Ouse River farmers had knocked back Hydro's offer made two months ago. He said negotiations were continuing and ''irri- gators and Hydro were dedicated to finding a re- sult''. 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