By Allan Povah
Cairns Mayor, Bob Manning, has announced extra security measures to protect the Sheridan Street statue of James Cook following the overnight ‘pinking’ of a similar statue in St Kilda, Australia (above).
From today, there will be a blanket ban on sales of paint tinted with pinkish colours including coral, fuscia, flamingo, lemonade, blush, ballet slipper, taffy, magenta and watermelon.
Pat Doomadgee, acting manager at Bunnings Smithfield, has been philosophical about the ban.
“We’re obviously disappointed to have this kind of restriction imposed on our busiest tinting weekend,” Ms Doomadgee said. “We recommended that any urgent long-weekend rocking-chair painting projects be delayed until Anzac Day. And girl’s nursery furniture; just forget it. The good news for those pre-planners is that we have some great specials on T-Smart drones that will easily handle a four litre payload of acrylic semi-gloss. Lowest prices are just the beginning. That’s our policy.”
Cr Manning would not be drawn on what protection would be deployed at the foot of Cookie overnight, but did say that any attempts at vandalism would be met with “extreme prejudice”.