Kylie Johnston of Tyagarah stands in front of the Tyagarah Meat Pool which has been extensively damaged by graffiti.
Kylie Johnston of Tyagarah stands in front of the Tyagarah Meat Pool which has been extensively damaged by graffiti.

Iconic Tyagarah landmark graffitied

In what has been described as a ‘senseless act of vandalism’, an iconic landmark at Tyagarah has been extensively damaged by graffiti.

Neighbours last week discovered the Tyagarah Meat Pool, which is located in Kennedys Lane, covered in graffiti.

The meat pool was started as a butcher shop and co-operative for local farmers in 1929.

Tyagarah resident Kylie Johnston, whose husband Andrew’s great-grandfather Charlie Stanford Snr was one of the first directors of the meat pool, said that about 12 months ago there had been some graffiti on the shed.

But she said last week’s attack had seen the meat pool vandalised from top to bottom.

“I can’t believe that some disrespectful person could this,” Kylie said.
“I don’t see what they get out of it.

“It’s really frustrating and everyone around here is upset.

“This is an iconic landmark.”

Kylie said she and her neighbours, who maintained the shed and the grounds, would now have to spend hours and hours trying to clean up the graffiti.

Another Kennedys Lane resident who did not want to be named said she and her husband were disgusted.

“We just woke up one day and there was the shed covered in graffiti,” she said.

“People just have no respect for anything anymore, they just do whatever they want.
“Why can’t they just leave things alone.”

 Opened in 1929, the co-op cost 10 pounds to join and the first directors included Charlie Stanford Snr, Mr Condon, Archie McSwan, Mr Bower and a Mr King.

Local farmers sold their cattle at the meat pool and received two pounds a head.

The meat pool was closed in the late 1960s.

 If anyone has any information about the graffiti they should contact Byron Bay Police.

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