Ou­trage over graf­fiti on foot­path

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

Shops have blasted the Pil­bara’s Greens can­di­date af­ter he was al­legedly caught red­handed writ­ing po­lit­i­cal slo­gans on the foot­path out­side the Wick­ham Newsagency.

CCTV footage ap­pears to show Greens hope­ful Brent McKenna spray-paint­ing po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­tis­ing on the ground out­side the newsagency at 5.30am last Thurs­day.

Sim­i­lar graf­fiti was found in Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne, though po­lice were yet to con­firm whether Mr McKenna was re­spon­si­ble. Wick­ham Newsagency and post of­fice owner Pamela Magi­ness, one of sev­eral peo­ple who iden­ti­fied the cul­prit as Mr McKenna, de­scribed the ac­tions as a “shock­ingly ju­ve­nile” thing to do.

“The re­tail­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion is al­ways strapped for cash and we are cer­tainly not go­ing to waste it on scrub­bing a side­walk,” she said.

“I am happy to do­nate a tooth­brush for him to per­son­ally come up and clean the mess. Why the hell would you do some­thing so stupid.”

The Kar­ratha City shop­ping cen­tre was also tar­geted, with 46 tags sprayed around the ex­ter­nal walk­ways.

A spokes­woman said the cen­tre would re­port the in­ci­dent to po­lice.

WA Greens co-con­ven­ers Gra­hame Bow­land and Sarah Nielsen-Har­vey dis­tanced them­selves from their can­di­date’s al­leged ac­tions.

“We are dis­ap­pointed by the al­leged be­hav­iour of the Greens can­di­date for the Pil­bara,” they said.

Mr McKenna de­clined to com­ment.

Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis

Slo­gans spray­painted around Kar­ratha City shop­ping cen­tre.

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