Graffiti splashed across the Hervey Bay PCYC has been removed.
Graffiti splashed across the Hervey Bay PCYC has been removed. Karleila Thomsen

Graffiti blasted away

TACKY graffiti tags splashed across the Hervey Bay PCYC have been removed, much to the relief of Sergeant Patrick Fleming.

Local company Soda Blast Fraser Coast yesterday removed the graffiti for free, which will save the PCYC money for its programs and services.

“They offered to help us to save our funds, which is wonderful,” Sgt Fleming said.

“We’re independently self-funded which not a lot of people realise, so that few hundred dollars or so we’ve saved will go towards the 100 kids who come during the school holidays.”

Sgt Fleming said that each year, the PCYC was forced to spend “a few thousand dollars” on repairing vandalism, which included graffiti, smashed windows and other damage.

So they appreciated Soda Blast’s efforts, he said.

And in return for the generosity, PCYC members would help promote the business through word of mouth.

“We like to look after those that look after us,” Sgt Fleming said.

Scott Gilchrist, manager of Soda Blast, said the company would continue to service the PCYC should they be needed again in the future.

“We are currently working with Patrick Fleming to ensure that graffiti is removed as soon as it occurs,” Mr Gilchrist said.

“It’s something we’ll do as an ongoing thing.”

The family-run business used an eco-friendly bicarbonate soda system to remove graffiti, paint coatings, grease and other marks from hard surfaces.

Meanwhile, the graffiti on the recently-built Hervey Bay entrance sign on Maryborough Road remained there yesterday.

Councillor Anne Nioa said it was “a priority” to clean the sign, which gets viewed by thousands of passing motorists each day.

The graffiti should be removed by the end of the week, she said.



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