Yamba tar­geted by van­dals

Graf­fiti found at wa­ter reser­voir on Pi­lot Hill

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - EBONY STANS­FIELD Ebony.Stans­[email protected]­lyex­am­iner.com.au

WHEN Yamba res­i­dent Sharmian Maxwell looked across at the wa­ter reser­voir on Pi­lot Hill and no­ticed van­dals had sprayed graf­fiti overnight, she was dis­gusted.

“I ac­tu­ally was in tears yes­ter­day (Sun­day),” she said. “I was an­gry and up­set.”

It is al­leged on Sat­ur­day night van­dals spray­painted nu­mer­ous tags along half the base on the wa­ter reser­voir.

Mrs Maxwell re­sides nearby and was ap­palled at the ex­tent of the van­dal­ism.

“It (graf­fiti) goes to at least half and that’s a big area,” she said.

“Peo­ple say it’s a big ugly wall, why should you be up­set about it. I don’t see it like a big ugly wall.”

She said on the Sat­ur­day night she heard ‘a lot of noise’ and be­lieves if she had walked out­side she could have wit­nessed it oc­cur­ring.

She suggested a cam­era mounted on the TLC replica light­house fac­ing in that di­rec­tion would be “fan­tas­tic”.

Mrs Maxwell said she re­ported the graf­fiti to Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil.

She posted a video of the van­dal­ism onto Face­book group Yamba No­tice Board where many res­i­dents vented their frus­tra­tions.

One Face­booker suggested in­stalling a cheap video sur­veil­lance cam­era.

An in­for­ma­tion sign was also a re­cent tar­get of van­dals at Whit­ing Beach.

In the past, a nearby house and the light­house had also been tar­geted by graf­fiti.

Coffs/ Clarence Chief In­spec­tor Joanne Reid said there was no record of the in­ci­dent re­ported to po­lice.

Photo: Sharmian Maxwell

DEFACED: A sec­tion of the graf­fiti at the wa­ter reser­voir on Pi­lot Hill, Yamba.

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