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Racist graffiti on Beveridge playground

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Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis has worked as a journalist at the North Central Review since 2022, with a particular focus on the City of Whittlesea and stories for the Whittlesea Review. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Communications majoring in journalism and focuses on politics, community, and health with the occasional niche sports story finding its way in front of her.

By Pam Kiriakidis

Racial slurs were graffitied on a playground and sign in Beveridge last week.

Police are now investigating the graffiti on a playground in Burnett Drive Reserve and the Mandalay estate sale sign.

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Mitchell Shire Council were notified last week of the racist graffiti and removed the offending material, which was spray painted on a playground, bins, benches and slides in the Mandalay Estate.

Mitchell Shire Council chief executive Brett Luxford recommended for anyone with information about the incident to contact police.

Beveridge resident Harjot Singh, who has lived in the Mandalay Estate since 2019, said he was ‘very disappointed’ with the act.

“It was absolutely a big shock, and it was like bright red and was quite clear reading,” he said.

“This was so disappointing and sort of really distressing for me this time when I saw this because I haven’t seen this kind of act for a while.”

With many young Indian families in the area, Mr Singh said his biggest concern was children seeing the racial language at such a young age.

“Most the Indian community are young families … they have kids, school aged kids and they’re reading it and hearing about it,” he said.

Mr Singh, who contacted council straightaway, said he was grateful that council had quickly removed the graffiti.

“I appreciate their action, so I’m not complaining about anybody like any government bodies that did what they’re supposed to do but this is how we feel,” he said.

To notify council of any other graffiti incidents, visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/reportit or by calling 5734 6200.

The Review has photos of the graffiti but has chosen not to publish the racist remarks.

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