GRAFFITI : Terry Clark of Gympie Division of St John Ambulance First Aid Volunteers, says the organisation’s headquarters have been the latest target of graffiti vandals.
GRAFFITI : Terry Clark of Gympie Division of St John Ambulance First Aid Volunteers, says the organisation’s headquarters have been the latest target of graffiti vandals. Patrick Woods

Charity workers give vandal a spray

EVEN victims will from time to time agree that graffiti can sometimes have a degree of redeeming artistic merit.

But not this lot.

Scrawled tags sprayed on the walls of Gympie charity, business and public structures over the past few days have all the aesthetic appeal of bad handwriting.

But handwriting can be a giveaway.

BUSINESS HIT TOO: City Seafood Supply, not far from the St John Ambulance headquarters, was also a target.
BUSINESS HIT TOO: City Seafood Supply, not far from the St John Ambulance headquarters, was also a target.

St John Ambulance volunteers this week said they believed police had taken a close interest in the graffiti, particularly any distinctive style features which may lead them to identifying the perpetrator.

The volunteer ambulance organisation, which provides important health and first aid facilities at public events around the region, was one target.

Volunteers arrived at the service's Apollonian Vale headquarters on Monday to find its side wall had been spray can tagged, along with the nearby wall of the City Seafood Supply fish shop, next to The Australian Hotel.

St John Ambulance's Gympie Division is one of several community organisations which use the small Rotary-owned building.

"Others include the patch workers, the ladies' sewing group, the CWA, BMX and a motorcycle club," division chairman Terry Clark said.

A third target was the southern approach side of the Normanby Bridge overpass of the Bruce Hwy.

"We've been hit before," Mr Clark said yesterday.

"The next day we painted over it and they haven't bothered us since - until now."

BRIDGE TAGS: The overpass near Normanby Bridge did not escape the damage.
BRIDGE TAGS: The overpass near Normanby Bridge did not escape the damage.

The service needs more volunteers to help, rather than hinder, so it can continue to support sporting and other events.

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