TARGET: Swanbank B power station has been targeted by thieves since it was demolished in February.
TARGET: Swanbank B power station has been targeted by thieves since it was demolished in February. Contributed

Scavengers target demolished station

THE owners of the remnants Swanbank B power station will increase security at the site following several attempts at theft.

In the latest of three incidents since the decommissioned power station was demolished on February 22, on-site security sounded the alarm after noticing a suspicious vehicle in the area about 8pm Thursday.

Police responded with ground crews, the Polair chopper and the dog squad, and two people were eventually rounded up and taken to the watch house.

A spokesman from Stanwell, the government-owned corporation that has mothballed the last remaining station - the Swanbank E gas turbine - on the site, warned thieves that they were being monitored via closed-circuit television cameras when they entered the site.

"According to our security, these people have been targeting general rubbish like metal, copper, or anything they can get their hands on," he said.

"Our guys are watching it all on CCTV."

Police said the men were accused of accessing the 10 hectare site through a fence, stealing copper wire from within the demolition zone of the former Swanbank B station.

The chopper followed a heat source on the ground, helping to guide the dog squad to the offenders who, it will be alleged, were caught in the act.

Despite the efforts of scavengers to access the site, Stanwell took most items of value well before last month's demolition.

Security will be increased in an effort to further deter anyone looking to sample what little remains of the city's former electricity producing hub.

Police confirmed yesterday that two men were later charged with trespassing and stealing.