CHIPSTOP does not
encourage the use of graffiti. It is illegal and can result in heavy penalties. In NSW a conviction for
malicious damage can bring a penalty of 5 years in jail. However, it has an honourable history in some important struggles for
social, political and environmental justice.
billboard in the Princes Hwy before the 2015 NSW election
▲This spectacular banner appeared on the water tank supplying
water to Bermagui town during the week after logging of Bermagui
compartment 2004 started in October 2008.
MALICIOUS DAMAGE It is an offence under the Crimes Act
1900 in New South Wales to maliciously
destroy or damage property belonging to another person. The maximum penalty is 5 years jail. The words "malicious" and "malice" have
been interpreted by the Courts, and generally
there must be either an intention or
recklessness on the part of the
defendant. To meet either of these
conditions, some degree of foresight on the
part of the accused of the consequences
of his or her actions is necessary. The law
is relatively complicated in this area
and many cases will depend on the
exact state of mind of the accused
person. What degree of foresight did you exercise?
Did you have an an intention
to damage or destroy property? Were
alcohol or drugs involved? Did that affect
your mental capacity to have
◄"South East Fib Experts." These
modifications to signage at the Eden chipmill gates appeared on
April Fools Day 2008 and were still there 2 years later, apparently
causing no concern to the chipmill security staff. They were finally
removed in late in 2010.►
◄Gary Nairn ex-MP billboards started appearing on
highways all around his electorate just before the 2007 election. This
one was near Brogo on the Prince Highway.
Office of Andrew Constance MP,
Liberal Member for Bega
On the Princes Highway
between Bega and Eden. Passed by hundreds of tourists, local residents
and log trucks
every day. Woodchipping the planet's most effective
carbon sinks does not make sense to many people.
This extra signage appeared one April Fools
Day at the Rotary
Lookout overlook across Twofold Bay to the South East Fibre Exports
◄Welcome to the Bega Valley Shire
signs at each entrance to the shire were repeatedly augmented with
messages such as this. Another popular message was "Birthplace of
Woodchipping in Australia". The Shire Council finally gave up and
decided in August 2004 to remove the signs.