SEVERAL businesses, bridges and murals in Maylands were vandalised with paint at the weekend, just days after the suburb was named by Lonely Planet as one of Australia’s coolest neighbourhoods.
Mandy’s Deli and Takeaway, Mrs. S, Gemma’s The Health and Beauty Spa, Rifo’s Cafe and the Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue footbridges were splattered with yellow, green and pink paint overnight on November 19.
City of Bayswater councillor Elli Petersen-Pik said it was “frustrating” to see some people tried to ruin community assets.
“We do have several CCTV cameras around the Eighth Avenue shopping precinct and I requested that the City officers look into this and see if the vandals can be identified,” he said.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the graffiti was on private property and the City would help police clean it and provide CCTV evidence if requested, despite it being a police matter.
“The artworks damaged are either commissioned by Local Arts and Community Events as part of the Maylands Street Festival or by the State Government as part of the Seventh Avenue Bridge Artwork,” he said.
“We will clean up paint on footpaths and walls abutting public land where there is not a mural.
“Trying to cover graffiti on murals will only damage them further.”
Mandy’s Deli and Takeaway owner Dina Rechichi said her front doorstep was urinated on and paint was spread over the shop sign, wall and footpath.
“I was so frustrated… I just can’t understand these people,” she said.
“There was about two inches of paint on the ground which I had to scrub down with a scrubber with hot water.
“I don’t like to see this before Christmas.”
Ms Rechichi said it was the first time people had splattered paint on her property but graffiti surfaced on a weekly basis.
“Graffiti happens all the time,” she said.
“Normally the graffiti removalists come along and they clean it up but because it’s on the actual sign, I just don’t know how much they are going to take off from the original sign.”
Mrs. S owner Aaron Ho and the manager of Gemma’s The Health and Beauty Spa both said it was the first time people had splattered paint on their walls.
Bayswater Police officer-in-charge John Waghorn said there were no reports of damage offences over the weekend.
“The two damage offences that we have got were on Friday of last week in Bayswater and Mt Lawley,” he said.
“Team 2 that cover the Maylands area are not back on until Thursday.
“From my point of view, if people want to report damage to the police, I am happy to take the report and we will obviously follow it up.”