AN ACT of vandalism during or just before the Easter long weekend took aim at Leeton’s open-armed approach of welcoming immigrants, migrants and refugees to the community.
A can of spray paint was used to deface a sign on Irrigation Way, just south of town that extends a welcome to new settlers, immigrants, and refugees.
Many in the town see the sign as a badge of honour and a reflection of their efforts to embrace individuals relocating to the community.
With the words “immigrants” and “refugees” blocked out, the vandal’s message was very clear.
Leeton mayor councillor Paul Maytom was not pleased to see the hard work and effort of many people welcoming immigrants being attacked.
“It clearly wiped out ‘immigrants and refugees’,” Cr Maytom said of the vandalism.
“It’s a shame to think that some people within our society, our community would have the hatred to commit an act like that.”
Having worked closely to ensure immigrants are met with a warm welcome, Cr Maytom felt the act gave the wrong impression of the shire’s sentiment.
“I think the true reflection is one that embrace refugees and people from other countries,” he said.
“The vast majority of the people who live here embrace immigrants and refugees.”
Several posts have appeared on social media expressing distaste for the act, feeling the isolated incident did not speak for the community.