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Station charity board binned

The message board at the Tweed Heads Fire Station has been closed due to complaints. The station raises more that $4000 a year for Kids In Need through the sign.
The message board at the Tweed Heads Fire Station has been closed due to complaints. The station raises more that $4000 a year for Kids In Need through the sign.

PERSONAL messages that some people found offensive have forced the Tweed Heads Fire Station to stop leasing a sign at the front of the station.

The sign was leased to raise money for charity.

The last personal message on the board read: “No more bookings this sign is closed”.

Senior firefighter Neil King said some people were booking inappropriate messages on the board.

“We just had some issues with the stuff that was appearing on the signs,” Mr King said.

“It wasn't that the messages were offensive, but we received complaints from some people who the messages were targeting,” he said.

“There was no way that we could have known that some of these message were offensive to some people – they were personal.”

The Tweed Heads fire station was using the sign to raise money for Kids In Need. People could rent the space to send personal messages such as birthdays, anniversaries and other personal milestones.

“The sign has been used for personal message for 10 years. It has been on Tweed Heads for a while and some of the fire stations do have it, but I think it is pretty unique up here,” Mr King said.

“It's not going to have messages for the moment and it's up to them (head office) to decide if it will ever happen again.

“It was put there to send out fire safety messages and will be used for that again.”

Through leasing the sign, the fire station raised more that $4000 a year for Kids In Need.

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