CHILL OUT: The sign on Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay.
CHILL OUT: The sign on Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. Sue Gardiner

Cheer up, slow down, graffiti alert

JUST days ahead of Byron Bay's inaugural Beautify Byron Day, the town's anti-graffiti crew had an early call-out when its iconic welcome sign was vandalised.

The "Cheer Up - Slow Down - Chill Out" message on the welcome sign into Byron Bay on Ewingsdale Rd has been providing smiles since it was added a year ago.

After helping to restore the cheery message in 2012, Jodie Molloy, owner of the Byron-based Evolution Concierge, said she feels "a bit like a guardian" of the sign.

"It was graffitied over on the weekend in disgusting hate language," Ms Molloy said.

"The Byron United graffiti team were all hands on deck sourcing solvents to rectify the sign back to its former happy glory.

"I will be repainting the words so they appear whiter and brighter for all to see and resonate as you come into town."

Ms Molloy said the team would now look at the best way to coat the sign so any future graffiti could be easily removed.

Graffiti is one of the targets of the town's Beautify Day this Sunday, initiated by Byron Mayor Simon Richardson.

"From 8am until midday, we need help with garden planting, graffiti removal or small repairs in the town centre," Cr Richardson said.

"Coming into the busy months of the year for visitors, it's also a good start to spruce up the town and roll out the welcome mat."

Volunteers need to register on the council's website before the day, then meet at the Lone Goat Gallery room in the new Byron Bay Library from 8am on Sunday.

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