The seemingly racist graffiti scrawled on the “Thanks for visiting Bundaberg” sign on the Isis highway.
The seemingly racist graffiti scrawled on the “Thanks for visiting Bundaberg” sign on the Isis highway. Scottie Simmonds

Council hits out at vandals

COUNCIL has lashed out, calling people who graffiti the town idiots, after the Bundaberg west farewell sign was labelled with “NO NIPS”.

Health and environmental services councillor Mary Wilkinson said people who had extra time up their sleeves should put it to a good cause.

“If you're so bored go and join the armed services, go do something constructive or help someone who needs it,” she said.

Cr Wilkinson said while the sign may appear to be a racial slur, it possibly was not.

“I definitely haven't heard anything racist before in Bundaberg and I definitely hope that isn't the case of the graffiti,” she said.

“It's just stupidity (more) than anything else.”

She said ratepayers were the biggest losers out of vandalism.

“We have a zero tolerance and as soon as we know anything we get rid of it,” she said.

“It comes out of council budget. It makes me angry because someone has to pay for it.”

Cr Wilkinson hopes to see new vandalism laws extended to any type of graffiti.

The new laws mean people who damage graves and headstones can be sentenced to seven years jail.

“Of course there needs to be a bigger deterrent.”

Council will remove the graffiti as soon as possible, but said if people were aware of the bandits they should contact Bundaberg police and Bundaberg Regional Council.

“If we catch the culprit we will proceed,” she said.

“It's all very well to think it's fun but it's not because it costs and everybody pays.”

Cr Wilkinson said she was passionate about keeping graffiti out of Bundaberg.



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