DISAPPOINTING: The Mundubbera train was vandalised on Wednesday night.
DISAPPOINTING: The Mundubbera train was vandalised on Wednesday night. Philippe Coquerand

Vandals graffiti iconic landmark

THE usually pristine town of Mundubbera has been targeted by graffiti artists throughout the week.

Mundubbera councillor and North Burnett Regional Council deputy mayor Faye Whelan said Mundubbera's iconic train and the skate park was vandalised.

She said this kind of act was rare in the small town and it left her "shattered”.

"Mundubbera has been free of graffiti for many years, we very rarely experience graffiti and it's disappointing that this has occurred,” Cr Whelan said.

"I'm shattered, to tell you the truth.”

Cr Whelan said it was only fair the offenders, if caught, were asked to clean the graffiti up.

"I don't think it's fair on council staff to remove the graffiti, whoever did it should be asked to remove it, be it to paint over the train or scrub it off,” she said.

In a community discussion group on Facebook, Mundubbera residents shared more than 100 comments about the incident.

Some commenters raised the idea of introducing a mural where people were allowed to place graffiti.

Cr Whelan was against this idea, arguing it would lead to more offences.

"You give them a wall, it will fill up and they'll believe they can commit the same offence to other people's property, it's just not acceptable,” she said.

"I completely disagree, whilst I am councillor in Mundubbera it will not happen, if the public wants that, they can vote me out at the next election.”

Mundubbera police are currently investigating the incident, along with forensic police.

Sergeant Daniel Clarke urged members of the public to help with the investigation.

"It's an offence of wilful damage to do so such acts on any property and any person detected committing such acts will be required to attend court,” Sgt Clarke said.

"We would like to ask any member of the community if they have any information in relation to the offence to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 and to pass on your information.

"You can remain anonymous if you choose do so.”


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