Signal box vandals strike again

SENSELESS vandals have again struck an historic railway signal box in Humffray Street North – the latest damage since a $100,000 restoration last year. 

Local residents have called for weatherboards to again be repainted after the latest graffiti was quickly painted over. 

In November, rail authority VicTrack pledged to repaint the signal box at the edge of the level crossing after graffiti appeared on the freshly repaired structure. 

The September 2012 restoration, including repairs to the roof, plumbing works and weatherboards, has done little to deter vandals with spray cans, but new glass and secure stainless-steel window screens have remained intact. 

Resident Merv Romeo said the latest vandalism showed Ballarat “really needs to get serious about fighting graffiti”.

“It was nice to see the Humffray Street railway signal box looking so pristine after a new coat of paint, if only for a short time,” Mr Romeo said. 

“Now vandals have struck again and there has been a half-hearted attempt to hide the offending tagging from the public.” 

Anyone with information about the graffiti vandalism can contact Ballarat Police on 5336 6000.