ARSON squad detectives are appealing for information after a deliberately lit fire in Golden Bay last night.
The fire damaged $400,000 worth of machinery being used on development works at the Golden Bay sand dunes.
Detective Senior Constable Fred Volpi said the suspicious fire was lit about 9.45pm.
“Deliberately lit fires put the community at risk,” he said.
A track excavator and a loader were both damaged in the attack.
It is believed the windows were smashed on the excavator and an accelerant was lit.
Constable Volpi said arson is a serious offence that could lead to 20 years in prison.
He could not confirm if the fire was connected to a series of protests in the area recently.
Workers at the site claim they were threatened by protesters.