Awful thing to look at when there is so much beauty.  The colours ensure that your eye is drawn back to read the words once again.

This is an awful thing to look at when there is so much beauty. The colours ensure that your eye is drawn back to read the words again & again.

The bulk of the community that has seen this loathes the graffiti on the railway line over the Cooks River at Tempe.  Maybe some people like it, but no-one I have ever come across.  It’s ugly & intrusive & totally wrong for this beautiful river.  We have suffered it for years.  Recently, the perpetrators came back to make it even more intrusive, painting over the letters in bright organge/yellow with a blue background.

It is highly visible from the Princes Highway where thousands of drivers cross the Cooks River ever day.  It is also visible from Kendrick Park, Discovery Point Wolli Creek & even from Tempe Reserve.  Because it is such a blight on the landscape I believe Marrickville Council should write to State Rail or whomever is responsible for the upkeep of the bridge & apply to have it removed as soon as possible.

The Cooks River does not need such intrusive & meaningless graffiti. It sends a bad message about our locality & I believe would encourage others to come here to add their own tags.

Graffiti tagging is going mad all across the municipality over the last 12-18 months. Everywhere I go I see tags.  It’s ugly, makes the area look uncared for & slightly depressing.  I like street art, but I loathe tagging.

This graffiti over the Cooks River at such a prominent place & indeed a gateway to our locality, has taken self-expression too far & at great cost to the community.  It needs to be removed & barriers placed to prevent people doing this again.

Thankfully, this was recently done at the very attractive sewer line across the Cooks River between Mackey & Steel Parks.  Unfortunately, whoever closed access to this bridge failed to remove the graffiti tags.  Hopefully they will one day.  It’s a heritage structure & deserves some respect.

The Cooks River with all its problems is still a jewel for the Inner West. We ought do all we can to protect it from such mindless vandalism.

The graffiti is visible all the way from Tempe Reserve. This photo was taken in 2014 before they enhanced the colours.

The graffiti is visible all the way from Tempe Reserve. This photo was taken in 2014 before they repainted in colour.

Here is the upgraded version taken today from Tempe Reserve.

Here is the upgraded version taken today from Tempe Reserve.

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