Following a successful petition, Richmond Valley Council (RVC) has overturned its controversial decision to tear down promotional posters featuring local surfer Kirrah Cooke.
The council took the decision to remove the posters, featuring the talented local surfer in a bikini with a surfboard, following a single, written complaint from an unidentified local parent who said they were not ‘family friendly’.
The hastily organised petition quickly reached 120 signatures from locals outraged at the decision.
In a statement issued this morning, RVC said it had ‘listened to the community and the Evans Head CBD will see the recently removed town banners featuring local surfer Kirrah Cooke reinstalled’.
Council’s GM John Walker said the ‘groundswell of public support was a clear indication residents disagreed with the original decision to remove the banners’.
The original objector, he added, had now accepted the views of the majority.
Many of the objectors claimed the decision to remove the posters was sexist, and questioned whether a photo of a male surfer would have received the same response.
Mr Walker said RVC recognised some in the community were [still] opposed to the image, however, as a result of the strong community voice, the banners would be rehung.
‘The clear majority of people have told us they want to see the banners back up and council has listened and will act; the banners will be rehung within the next two weeks,’ Mr Walker said.
He added that banner images would be rotated throughout the year to accommodate special events and business promotions.