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QLD are ****s: Fury over headland graffiti in NSW

Part of the graffiti at Cabarita Headland, October 2015. Part of graffiti blurred to avoid offence. Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News
Part of the graffiti at Cabarita Headland, October 2015. Part of graffiti blurred to avoid offence. Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News Liana Turner

UPDATE:

A TWEED Shire Council spokesperson has confirmed the graffiti at Cabarita headland has been removed. 

Initial report:

CABARITA residents are upset about offensive graffiti appearing on their beloved headland.

Many expressed their disgust on social media over the "locals only...Qld are ****s" message emblazoned on the rocks.

While the "locals only" portion of the graffiti has been there for some time, the recent additions have caused a stir.

The slogan was accompanied by the words Kingy Klan, Caba Crew and a number of swastikas.

The vandalism, facing the surfing hotspot, is directed at "non-local" surfers.

Sue Follent, who has lived in Cabarita since 1974, said similar vandalism took place in Fingal several years ago, where swastikas were left on plaques for Aboriginal people.

She said as a resident and a member of the Aboriginal community, she was disappointed to see the headland vandalised with such an unwelcoming message.

"Nobody owns the waves, nobody owns the rocks, nobody owns the beach," Ms Follent said.

Cabarita Boardriders secretary Donna Wilson said the graffiti was an accurate representation of the town's surfing community.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said the council was removing such graffiti.

"This sort of graffiti... is not the sort of message we want to see, or to give our visitors," Cr Milne said.

"We need the community to help us be vigilant and spread the message that the beaches are there for everyone to share and enjoy."

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