Caba van­dal­ism cost­ing ratepay­ers dearly

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TWEED Shire Coun­cil has urged res­i­dents to re­spect pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, as the cost of cov­er­ing up graf­fiti weighs heav­ily on the pub­lic purse.

The coun­cil’s op­er­a­tions co-or­di­na­tor for recre­ational ser­vices, Matt Mccann, said coun­cil work­ers had re­moved graf­fiti from a Cabarita Head­land toi­let block seven times in the past two months.

Mr Mccann said this had be­come a huge eco­nomic bur­den for ratepay­ers.

“It’s be­come a real hotspot for us,” Mr Mccann said.

“Un­for­tu­nately each time we visit (to re­move graf­fiti) it’s cost­ing the com­mu­nity some real dol­lars.”

Mr Mccann hoped they could put a de­ter­rent, such as an art mu­ral, in place on the fa­cil­ity to help rid the fa­cil­ity of this ex­treme level of van­dal­ism.

“We have found that a lot of the time (mu­rals) aren’t van­dalised be­cause they’re re­spected by the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity that are tag­ging,” he said.

“The prob­lem is, it’s not the coun­cil’s money. It’s the com­mu­nity’s money, so we’re try­ing to come up with the best strat­egy to save the com­mu­nity’s money.”

Mean­while, coun­cil work­ers last week re­moved the words “lo­cals only” – which had long been a fa­mil­iar fea­ture and was re­cently re-painted – from the nearby head­land.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BAD LOOK: The coun­cil has slammed van­dals who con­tin­u­ally tag this toi­let block at Cabarita Beach.

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