Joan Simpson, 83, is fed up with vandals ruining a wall that separates her home from a public walkway.
Joan Simpson, 83, is fed up with vandals ruining a wall that separates her home from a public walkway. Brett Wortman

Widow, 83, tells graffiti vandals: Show a bit of respect

AN ELDERLY widow who's had her fence spray painted time and again by vandals is urging her mystery attackers to change their ways and instead show respect for their community.

Joan Simpson, who is 83, is fed up with vandals ruining her fence, which happens to be right beside a public walkway opposite the beach at Alexandra Headland.

It's been hit by graffiti at least three times in the past nine months, costing her money each time to hire a painter to clean up the unsightly mess.

"It's frustrating," Mrs Simpson said. "Why they do it, I have no idea, but it's a bit of a sick society I'm afraid.

"I don't know how old they are - they could be teenagers - but you wonder what sort of citizens they're going to turn out to be."

Mrs Simpson has a simple but straight-forward message for the attackers: "Have a bit of civic pride, I think. What's it achieving?"

The long-term Alexandra Headland resident has phoned Sunshine Coast Council several times to ask that they clean the graffiti and address the vandalism issue, but she's been told they "don't do private fences" even though the fence is on a public walkway.

In her frustration, following the latest attack, she has reported the graffiti to the police to try to find the nuisance offenders.

"There's a bit of a rough element - it must be for this to happen - but where they live goodness only knows."

"People have said, 'That's disgusting, what are their parents doing to let them do this?'"

 

Mrs Simpson has lived in the house for 50 years, enduring the death of her husband, flooding early last year that ruined her carpets and furniture and, more recently, the wild weather that washed toxic foam from the beach into her yard and home.

She said she is getting too old to also have to regularly deal with vandals.



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