ONE of the Nowra CBD’S prominent buildings has been targeted by vandals.
Vandals scaled the roof and placed two bright orange witches’ hats on top of the two ornate urns on the building.
Long-time Shoalhaven businessman Peter Walsh, whose family has operated its store in Junction Street, Nowra for more than 100 years, has called on authorities to clamp down on vandalism in the Nowra CBD.
Mr Walsh said the vandals struck sometime before Friday evening.
“We noticed the witches’ hats on top of the building late Friday evening,” he said.
“The amount of graffiti and vandalism around town is getting out of control. It is just unreal.
“The vandals managed to scale the roof, something which happens on a regular basis, but this time they put witches’ hats on top of the building.
“The amount of traffic of people on the roofs of the Nowra CBD and in particular Junction Street is unreal.
“The authorities, whether police or council, need to do something to bring it under control.”
Mr Walsh said the 85 per cent of the building’s roof had only recently been replaced at a cost of around $70,000.
“The original roof had lasted from when the building was constructed in 1886 until 1966, but now we have had to replace most of it again,” he said.
“And a lot of that is due to how many people are getting up on the roof.”
Mr Walsh said the vandals had gained access to the roof and even cut through a barbed wire fence between the business and the neigbouring bank building.