East End hit with pro-Supercars graffiti

East End graffiti spree HIT: A wall at the Joy Cummings Centre is one of several locations in the Newcastle East End that was vandalised this week. Picture: Supplied.

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PROTEST: “NO V8” graffiti on a wall of Fort Scratchley.

FURIOUS: Forts Scratchley Historical Society members Frank Carter and Graham Postlethwaite at the site of the partially-cleared graffiti on Monday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NOT HERE: East End resident Mark Burslem with his protest banner about the November Supercars race. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SIMILAR: Anti-Supercars graffiti on the facade of the United Service Club.

SIMILAR: Anti-Supercars graffiti on the facade of the United Service Club.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappIN what appears to be an act of retaliation the East End has been hit with pro-Supercars graffiti.

On April 2 it was discovered that vandals had spray painted the historic United Services Club in Watt Street with anti-Supercars graffiti. In the days since there have been several reports of vandalism attacks on the East End.

The Newcastle 500 Supercars Australia event is due to be held in the East End of Newcastle in November. The event has been met with strong opposition from many residents living track-side.

The most recent act of vandalism wasdiscovered on Thursday when a wall at the Joy Cummings Centre was emblazoned with “East Enderz love V8 Benderz.”

Pro-Supercar graffiti has also been discovered in Telford Street, Zaara Street, Fort Drive, Foreshore Park and the lane-way between Scott and Alfred Streets, according to residents.

East End resident Cath Whelan allegedthe vandalism was part of an ongoing campaign “bysome pro-V8 race supporters to harass the East End community”.

“We are being unfairly targeted for daring to question the location of this motor race through our suburban streets,” she said.

“We can only hope that the perpetrators are caught red-handed soon.”

Newcastle East End Residents Group secretary Joan Browning said her group was careful to operate within the law to express its opposition to the location of the race.

“We are doing our best to get our point across legally,” she said. “Any defacing of anybody’s property is unjustified, it’s illegal and it’s wrong.”

Meanwhile, Supercars can expect a call fromCessnock City Council.

The council said itwants to take full advantage of the Newcastle 500 to “show off the Hunter Valley wine country to the influx of spectators the V8 Supercars event is sure to attract”.

Cessnock City Councillor Jay Suvaal said the race was an opportunity for the tourism industry and it would be calling Supercars to invite the motor racing team to visit the local government area.

“We know this event is going to be absolutely huge, attracting thousands of people from across Australia,” Cr Suvaal said.

The race will be staged from November 24-26.