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A CROYDON man who promised to bombard Maroondah Council meetings with protests about rail bridge graffiti has stayed true to his word.
Eddie Kozlowski was on his own at last night’s council meeting, along with eight homemade signs targeting the council for the time it has taken to clean up graffiti on the Mt Dandenong Rd rail bridge.
It came just days after the council reached an agreement with Metro Trains to clean up the graffiti — which has been on the bridge for about four years — although the rail company has not indicated when the removal will happen.
Mr Kozlowski placed multiple posters on the back wall — in full view of councillors — along with several others on empty seats in the gallery.
Councillors and executive staff smirked when they entered the chamber and even took photos of the signs — some of which read “Clean up bridge, CEO” and “Graffiti must go”.
Mr Kozlowski has repeatedly claimed the council could have forced other agencies to clean the bridge earlier through provisions in the Road Management Act, but the council has denied they have that power.
He said he would continue protesting silently at meetings until the bridge is cleaned.
“If I have to come back again next month to do the same, I’m going to get a crowd,” Mr Kozlowski said.
“I’m going to advertise for a crowd in the public gallery. Tonight I put myself out there because nobody else would, and the people I’ve asked to come tonight are too shy.”
This graffiti is set to be removed from the Mt Dandenong Rd rail bridge in Croydon.During the meeting, Mayor Tony Dib said the council was one of the state’s biggest spenders for cleaning public spaces.
But he said the council’s ability to clean State Government assets was restricted.
“Be assured, if the council could, we would’ve cleaned it (the graffiti) up the day after we saw it,” he said.
Cr Dib later moved a motion — which was carried unanimously — to call on the State Government to maintain its assets in the community or hand over control to the council.
Speaking to the Leader after the meeting, Mr Kozlowski admitted his public efforts to confront the council about the graffiti had not gone down well with his family.
“My own wife doesn’t want to know me,” he said.
“When people come over, she says don’t mention the bloody graffiti.”
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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