Graffiti on the Alstonville bypass.
Graffiti on the Alstonville bypass. Jay Cronan

Community fed up with vandals

IT ONLY took a month for graffiti vandals to damage the Alstonville bypass.

Huge tags, which are added to every few days, now cover many of the noise barriers along the bypass.

The bridge on Wardell Road was also tagged.

Bob Wilson, an Alstonville resident who spent decades fighting for a bypass, was disgusted with the vandalism.

“If you go past the town and you are travelling down to Sydney, the first thing you see is the graffiti and it creates a bad image of the town,” he said.

“We are trying to promote it as a great place to come and this does not help the situation.

“I think we need to stand up and say ‘we do not tolerate this’.”

Ballina MP Don Page said graffiti, including the tags he noticed on the bypass this week, were unsightly and a slap in the face to local communities.

“Not only is graffiti ugly and offensive, cleaning it up comes at a cost to communities who either have to clean it up themselves, or rely on the local council to do it,” he said.

A 2010 Graffiti and Public Infrastructure report found graffiti cost the state hundreds of million of dollars.

A proposed law will give courts power to order graffiti vandals to clean up their damage.



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