For nearly three years, the residents of Black Flat Lane, Wherrol Flat, have endured the unsettling sight of a burned-out vehicle dumped on the side of the road.
Despite repeated requests to council to remove it, this rusting eyesore disfiguring a pretty dirt track lined with graceful eucalypts, has been left untidily abandoned. An ugly reminder of a unsolved crime.
But in a serendipitous moment, a visiting young artist requested permission from the owners of the nearest property to transform the vehicle from a wretched skeleton to a sliver of art.
As a thank you for a little overnight hospitality, Harley Stevenson, 23, from Sydney's northern beaches, who specialises in murals and graphic art, rummaged through his luggage for a few cans of spray paint and in a few minutes, gave the sad old carcass of a car a much-needed facelift.
If the wreck is destined to remain there for the term of its natural life at least now, it is more eye-catching than eyesore.
You'll need to provide:
- the exact location
- the make, model and colour of the vehicle
- the number plate (if available).
From council's point of view, the normal process for an abandoned vehicle is to contact the owner (if known) and ask for the vehicle to be removed within a specified timeframe.
A sticker is also placed on the vehicle asking for it to be moved.
If the owner doesn't move the vehicle within the required timeframe, council will then organise for it to be moved.
Police would be involved if the car had been stolen and abandoned, at which point they will deal with the owner and once their work is done, if the owner chooses to leave the car where it is dumped, council becomes involved again.
Council advised that sometimes vehicles appear dumped or abandoned but they could be legally parked or stored, however council might still encourage owners to move the vehicle.