Kingscliff construction site hit with graffiti and trashed
A KINGSCLIFF central business district construction site covered with graffiti and trashed with mattresses has been left for weeks without council clean-up.
Real estate agent Heather Stewardson complained to Tweed Shire councillors that "more and more graffiti" had been added to the walls on a busy strip of Marine Pde.
She said the mattresses, just one shopfront away from premium French champagne cellar Emmanuel's Wineshop, were left for two weeks and were covered with more graffiti.
Kingscliff Business Chamber president Don Neale said businesses had requested that Tweed Shire Council clean up the site.
"We have taken steps to ask council and we will be diligently seeking professional services to get the developer's site painted out," Mr Neale said.
Ms Stewardson said council signs, rubbish bins and the drinking fountain outside the Red Hot Thai, park signs and seats had also been graffitied for months.
"With the influx of visitors for school holidays, it makes sense to clean up graffiti and rubbish left in public areas," she said. "I reported it (to council) and nothing happened."
It's understood the Kingscliff Business Chamber was told by a council representative construction at the site would start shortly and the graffiti walls would come down.
It costs ratepayers $65,000 a year to clean up graffiti, and the council policy for high-impact areas such as CBDs is to have it cleaned within two business days, with others 10 days.
In response to this complaint, a council representative said graffiti sites had increased across the shire.
"Council will develop graffiti removal kits to be available for sale to businesses, organisations and members of the community," the representative said.
The council will provide cleaning gear and training to volunteer groups to remove graffiti as part of a new policy, recommended by council staff in July.
The council will also hold Graffiti Day on December 18. Groups will learn how they can help to clean it up.