Council admits it removed love locks from Point Danger
GOLD Coast City Council has admitted it removed the love locks from Point Danger.
It was in response to a request from a resident to repair the fencing wire which had been damaged and weighed down by the locks, a spokeswoman said.
"The City advises the public if they wish to attach a love lock to city infrastructure it may not remain there indefinitely," she said.
"Where locks rust and/or impact on the deterioration of city assets they are periodically removed."
No love locks this Valentine's as Point Danger icons cut
IT'S Valentine's Day on Friday, a time when love is supposed to prevail.
But instead the love padlocks adorning Point Danger lighthouse's wire fence have disappeared.
Local Cameron O'Toole has been lamenting the removal of the padlock he placed on the fence for his late father.
He and others on social media are blaming Tweed Shire Council.
But a spokesman said council knew nothing about the removal of the locks, so now the finger of suspicion has fallen on Gold Coast City Council.
As reported by the Daily News last year, The Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, Italy; The Pont des Art in Paris and Point Danger are all locations where the love padlocks have become a tradition to proclaim love or mark the passing of a loved one.
The origins of the love lock, (just like the padlock you buy at the hardware store) is reportedly that when a couple meet and fall in love they buy a padlock (or two) bring it to a bridge (or to the Pt Danger fence) and lock it throwing the key into the water below.
The locks at Pt Danger ranged from permanent marker hand-written adorned plain locks to expensive, engraved, colourful almost-jewellery totems with most dating from 2013.