Geocaching Australia was recently contacted by the Office of the Surveyor-General Environment and Planning Directorate of the ACT Government.
"Our Office believes the activities of geocachers searching for the cache are damaging the structure of the rock cairn, to a point where maintenance is now required. As a result, our Office has now removed the <caches name> cache."
That geocache was not a Geocaching Australia geocache and we passed the details on to the geocache owner at Groundspeak.
What was a little more interesting was the following as we exchanged information with them about TrigPoint listings at Geocaching Australia.
"I'm aware of the TrigPoint category. The trig photos that your members upload are a great resource to our Office, as they are used as a form of "crowd sourcing reconnaissance". At times, we have noticed from the photos that a trig needs maintenance, and have then arranged for a crew to perform the necessary work. Weetangera trig and Dowling trig, both in the ACT, are examples."
You can see from the timeline of images in the Geocaching Australia gallery that "crowd sourced" photographs show clearly that there had been work done at these two sites.
Weetangera Trig, Weetangera Hill, Latham ACThttp://geocaching.com.au/gallery/cache/tp5423/
Dowling Hill Trighttp://geocaching.com.au/gallery/cache/tp5296
Thanks to everyone who is enjoying finding TrigPoints at Geocaching Australia and the unintended, but welcomed, secondary action of providing the maintainers of TrigPoints some very valuable reconnaissance on the standard of the TrigPoints around the country.