Graffiti hits panels three weeks after installed

The Woolston Borough Monument's protective panelling has been tagged just under three weeks of the installation. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

It has taken less than three weeks for protective panelling installed on the Woolston Borough Monument to be tested.

The monument, on the corner of Ferry Rd and Richardson Tce, is no stranger to graffiti, and the city council’s plan seemed to have worked.

The $23,000 project to install panels was completed earlier this month in an effort to deter taggers from spray painting the monument.

The panels are clear with a film over top of them, which can be replaced if they are defaced, keeping the monuments clean. The panels can be removed entirely during ceremonies.

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Woolston Community Centre co-ordinator Carol Brown said it was so disappointing that the panelling had been tagged so soon after its installation.

However, she said she was glad the monument had not been tagged and the panelling had done its job.

“All the money spent has been worth it.”

The monument commemorates when Woolston became a borough on July 27, 1893, and is made of Oamaru stone.

City council could not respond before Southern View’s deadline regarding how it would address the graffiti.