Willoughby: Club gives vandals a spray

North Shore Times (Australia)
February 23, 2005 Wednesday

Club gives vandals a spray

GRAFFITI vandals have defaced daily the Armenian Cultural Centre in

Centre members have repainted the outer wall of the building many
times recently.

“We painted one morning, went in for lunch, and it was there again in
the afternoon,” centre member Berdj Momdjian said.

“We can’t keep painting. It’s cost us a fortune.”

Sergeant Peter Lunney of Chatswood Police said there was not much
they can do.

“It’s just a regular thing people get up to when they’re bored,” he
said. “They paint something on the wall and the community centre
paints over it to make it presentable again. That makes it attractive
to go back and graffiti.”

Willoughby Mayor Pat Reilly recently met Chatswood Police after a
surge in graffiti attacks.

Council said the most effective strategy was to remove the graffiti
as quickly as possible.

“This strategy deprives the graffiti vandals of the exposure of their
handiwork,” a council representative said.

Mr Momdjian said graffiti vandals have recently struck the centre’s
Scout Hall in Naremburn Park but he does not believe the illegal acts
to be racial crimes.

Willoughby residents can report graffiti attacks to council’s
customer service officers on 9777 1000.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress