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Mixed reaction to anti-war graffiti at Corrimal

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Local News>JOSHUA BUTLER22 Apr 2014, 7:07 p.m.
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John Schyf of Tarrawanna with visiting grandsons Grady and Flynn Krupa look at the graffiti. Pictture: KIRK GILMOUR
John Schyf of Tarrawanna with visiting grandsons Grady and Flynn Krupa look at the graffiti. Pictture: KIRK GILMOUR

A Banksy-esque, Anzac-themed graffiti piece has been sprayed on the wall of Corrimal Surf Life Saving Club, ahead of the military commemoration on Friday.

A near-life size mural of a soldier standing over a wreath of flowers, next to a lone cross on a hill and the stencilled words “Anzac Day, War = No Winner,” was discovered on Tuesday on the surf club’s south-eastern wall.

Tarrawanna resident John Schyf, who was taking his grandchildren for a bike ride when he saw the mural, said he was not happy with the graffiti.

“It is not really appropriate, it’s not the best way to remember those soldiers,” Mr Schyf said.

“I think some people could take offence.”

President of Corrimal RSL’s sub-branch John Simpson was not quite so concerned. 

Ahead of Anzac Day this Friday, he said that the piece did not worry him.

“I don’t think there is any real problem,” he said.

“I don’t find it offensive. There’s nothing bad in it.”

The piece, sprayed in bright colours, bears the same tag mark as another piece found in February near Thirroul Beach, of a stormtrooper.

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