Symbols of love against the law in North Bundaberg
HAVE you noticed something extra beating in the streets of North Bundaberg?
A number of hearts have been spray painted on the roads, in the parks and footpaths of the northern side of the rum city.
A resident said the hearts seemed to appear late Saturday night.
They may be beautiful and artistic to some but to the Bundaberg Regional Council and the Bundaberg police the symbols of love are against the law.
A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesperson said any artwork placed on public property without the approval of the council was considered graffiti.
The council has removed and covered some instances of this graffiti in areas in North Bundaberg in the past, but had not received any recent requests regarding graffiti in the area.
"(The) council appreciates that it is not offensive graffiti, however it is graffiti nonetheless," they said.
"Unauthorised symbols painted on roads could be confusing for motorists which is why (the) council will be looking in to this matter."
District Crime Prevention Co-ordinator Senior Constable Danielle Loftus said there was a safety concern for a person putting graffiti on the road.
"The behaviour is dangerous and could be considered as risky behaviour," she said.
If a complaint was received the offender may be liable to cover costs to repair the road surface as damage may have been caused depending on chemicals in paint/material used.
"This week is Queensland Road Safety Week and we need to have zero deaths on our road," Snr Cnst Loftus said.
The council said if there was a genuine reason for people wanting to mark hearts in particular areas on public property, they should contact the council to see if arrangements could be made.
"However, random acts of graffiti are not encouraged because they cost ratepayers a significant amount in removal costs," they said.