COLAC RSL and city authorities have expressed disgust over a weekend graffiti attack on the war memorial in Colac’s Memorial Square.
But police might struggle to identify the offender because security cameras near the memorial were not working at the time of the incident.
Someone scribbled a blue love message on the right of one of the memorial’s stairs facing Murray Street.
The word “oshie” was in blue and orange on the back of the Shrine facing Dennis Street.
Colac’s postcode, 3250, was also on the back of the shrine in yellow paint.
Colac police received reports of the graffiti on Sunday at 5pm.
Colac Otway Shire Council engaged Colac Cleaning Services to remove the graffiti on Monday afternoon.
Colac RSL president Brian Lloyd said he had no idea of the offender’s identity and was dismayed at the attack.
“After the ANZAC centenary which we had this year, so many people have been made aware of the sacrifice and so many young people have contributed to the ceremonies that were held at this memorial,” he said.
“So to see something like this happen is very disappointing.
“It’s also disappointing for the Colac Otway Shire Council who assist us greatly in maintaining this beautiful monument and surrounds.
“Somebody must know about this and I urge them to contact the police.”
Colac Otway Shire Council chief executive Sue Wilkinson joined calls for public help to find the culprit.
“Council is disgusted that people would graffiti our shrine, which honours the men and women who served our country in several wars,” Ms Wilkinson said.
Colac police Senior Constable Emily Kenworthy suspected the offender had possibly used a water pistol and chalk for the graffiti attack.
She also said the offender could be a “tagger” because they drew words on the back of the memorial.
“It doesn’t matter what medium they’ve used, it’s on the shrine, and it’s unacceptable,” Sen Const Kenworthy said.
“We know we have individuals in this town that have specific tags, but we don’t know who this specific one belongs to.”
Sen Const Kenworthy said police were unsure of the exact time of the offence because Memorial Square’s security cameras failed to capture footage of the incident.
“The offence wasn’t captured for an unknown reason and police are investigating this,” she said.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Colac police on 5230 0000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.