Vile Filth Must Go!
From 2010: Have you heard of ‘Broken Window Syndrome’? It is an academic theory that argues the need to quickly ‘crack down on anti-social behavior’ and repair vandalism in our suburbs before the rot sets in. Hence the name of the theory, which showed that when one broken window was not mended, it was far more likely additional panes would be smashed.
Below is an example of what was on display in suburban parks in White Rock, Mt Sheridan and Woree. I apologise for any offence this causes readers of The Rock News but I feel these examples need to be seen to allow informed comment.
- Forest Gardens Park (now removed)
- Mt Sheridan Walkway 1
- Mt Sheridan Walkway 2 (now removed).
As someone who frequently visits parks in South Cairns, it needs to be pointed out that this is the vile nature of the graffiti that is under discussion. Nearly all of it is of a sexual nature or overtly racist. Despite this, some Councillors and even some readers of this blog feel uninhibited to comment that graffiti is either clever, or a ’fun thing for young people.’ It is not. It is something that is almost universally offensive and we need to stay on top of it!
PS – Authorized murals (not the rubbish shown above) on ‘legal walls’ in the CBD are fine and people can paint what they want inside their own homes, sheds, etc., what I am talking about is outside open ‘public space’ in our suburbs.