NEW LOOK: John Harden, Mark Howlett and Sen Const Mick Kelly clean up Cabarita Beach. Photo: John Gass
NEW LOOK: John Harden, Mark Howlett and Sen Const Mick Kelly clean up Cabarita Beach. Photo: John Gass

Caba says no to graffiti

A VOLUNTEER spent most of yesterday donating his time to paint over graffiti-littered walls at Cabarita Beach.

The Lions Club of Cabarita Beach and Pottsville Beach member, who didn't want to be named or make a fuss, is part of a joint effort by the club, Kingscliff police and Bogangar and Cabarita Beach business owners to put an end to the graffiti tags staining the main drag's buildings.

John Harden, a fellow Lions member and Bogangar resident of 33 years, said the spray can attacks seemed to come in waves and the town wouldn't be putting up with them any longer.

"This is the worst it's been in a long time," he said.

Kingscliff Police Senior Constable Mick Kelly said it was an ugly crime police were trying to stop.

"In the past few months we've had a large sting of graffiti in the area," he said.

"With the help from Lions and local business owners we're trying to get it cleaned up to be a decent place. It's not a town full of hoodlums."

Sen Const Kelly said police would be increasing patrols in a bid to stamp out the graffiti in town and the perpetrators could expect to be caught.

"What will happen is they will be put before the court regardless of age," he said. "Police will then recommend community service to work with graffiti removal."

He also said police would come down hard on retailers not abiding by the law and selling spray cans to underage teens.

It is illegal to sell spray cans to teenagers under 18 and the spray cans must be kept "in a cabinet under lock and key".

Yesterday, a member of the Lions club spent his entire day painting two graffitied walls free of charge.

"We're hoping it will stop or at least slow the graffiti down," Sen Const Kelly said.

Cabarita Beach Youth Centre board member and Elders Real Estate agent Mark Howlett said it wasn't just the authorities' job to keep en eye out.

"This is everyone's community," he said.

Anyone who spots people defacing property should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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