Even banyan not spared graffiti
WHAT is thought to be the oldest and biggest banyan tree in Australia has been vandalised in Maryborough’s heritage-listed Queens Park.
The impressive tree has black and green graffiti scrawled across one of its thick branches and on a section of the trunk.
It is not known how long it has been there but a Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesperson said it was discovered during a regular inspection of the giant.
Rather than use harsh chemicals or abrasives to remove the graffiti, which looks like spray paint, councillor Les MucKan said it had been decided to let it be weathered off the tree. Although the graffiti was annoying, Mr MucKan said, it was not of an offensive nature.
“Letting the weather remove graffiti from trees over time has been successful in the past.
“If the graffiti had been offensive the council would have covered it up using shade mesh or some other material until it had been removed by weathering.”
Mr MucKan said chemical graffiti removers could not be used on the tree, nor could the council lightly sand the affected area, due to possible damage.
The council has a policy of removing offensive graffiti within 24 hours while all other graffiti is cleaned as soon as the council deems practicable. Mr MucKan is urging graffiti artists to channel their energy into legitimate artworks such as the Kings Laneway project in Maryborough.