Tourist attractions around Coffs Harbour have become ?tagging? hot spots in recent weeks.
Tourist attractions around Coffs Harbour have become ?tagging? hot spots in recent weeks.

A pain in the blackbutt



KRISTY, Elyse and Paul why don't you do this in your own backyard?

That's the question being asked by community forester for Forests NSW, David Wilson, this week after he discovered, once again, Sealy Lookout had received a visit from vandals.

Over the past two years the damage at Bruxner Park's tourist attraction has increased tenfold and Mr Wilson is at a loss about what can be done to stop the problem.

"This is not the image we want to be giving tourists but we just can't seem to be able to stop it," Mr Wilson said.

"Parents need to think about where their children are because I believe it is young kids doing this to our tourist image."

This time around the vandals used silver spray to litter their Christian names around the viewing deck and water tank and Mr Wilson is sure there must be someone in the community who knows who these people are.

Almost every two weeks Forests NSW repaints the water tank to hide graffiti tags and it is estimated more than $20,000 this year alone has been spent fixing vandalism at the site.

"Close to 200,000 people come up to Sealy Lookout each year and that is with little advertising," he said.

Mr Wilson has also been faced with another dilemma this week. Forests NSW recently decided to replace the old profile photograph of the coast with a new colour one but now there are reservations about displaying it.

"I have been wanting to put this new picture up but I fear when I do vandals will come here and spray all over it and we will have to find money to clean that up as well."

Also this year, vandals axed down the flag pole and the information display sign which is currently being replaced. The viewing deck also received racist graffiti on the sandstone and this had to be concreted over.



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