Mural removal sparks big debate
THE removal of an Airlie Beach public toilet mural has sparked a big debate.
And it won’t be put back any time soon after a motion at a council meeting on Wednesday rejected having it re-installed. But they have decided to ask the community for consultation on what they think should be in the toilets.
Council said there had been six recent complaints about the toilet.
Debate originally raged on social media last week after a complaint was received about the mural in the men’s public toilet near the Airlie Beach foreshore and it was then removed.
Originally installed in 2006, the mural depicts four women in various poses in what appears to be a cheeky attempt at humour.
While many on social media derided the decision as political correctness gone too far, Dayna Russell says it’s no laughing matter.
Ms Russell who is on the board of Restoring Hope, an organisation that works with young people and children who have suffered sexual abuse, lodged a complaint.
“Someone who was a victim and is in his 40s, he brought it up to me. He said he’s complained many times in 10 years and no one’s paying attention,” Ms Russell said.
“I love a good joke just like everyone else (and) I’ve got nothing personally against the artist (but) it’s a public space and the image is just not appropriate.”
Whitsunday councillor Jan Clifford fought for the mural at the council meeting and submitted a notion to have it put back.
“Up until recently I've never heard anything but positive giggles and laughs (about the mural). They’ve been very widely accepted,” she said.
“The women aren’t naked or performing lewd acts. It’s a bit of fun, that’s all it is.”
WRONG? The Airlie Beach public toilet mural which created debate.