Should Katherine's 'Jesus Loves Nachos' graffiti be restored?
The votes are in and the results are very close.
More than 70 people voted last night with just a slightly higher percentage in favour of restoring the iconic graffiti.
Of the 75 voters, a total of four Katherine residents did not care.
Commenters took to Facebook last night to have their say on the issue.
One Katherine resident said: “Previously a crowdfunding type campaign would have had this sorted in a instant, as it was a Katherine community thing.
“But now it’s a commercial entity, the trademark holder should be financially responsible to restore it or NTG should get rid of it and invoice ‘the owner’ for their clean up effort.”
Another said, “I think it’s something that everyone gets a giggle out of as they come into Katherine...
“I would like to understand the purpose behind it being trademarked though and know that some of the money made off it would go back into the community.”
Other residents called for the bridge to be restored completely.
“Remove it and all the other eye sores on the bridge,” one commenter said.
“Should be painted so it resembles something about Katherine, not left old and looking rusted,” another said.
It is a great tourist attraction and a great urban myth.- Toni Tapp-Couttes
Other suggestions included painting “something fantastic along there to highlight the territory.”
And, painting a mural that “better represents the community and region as a whole.”
However, it can’t be denied the graffiti still has a strong following.
The slogans biggest fan, alderman Toni Tapp-Coutts is holding fast that ‘Jesus Loves Nachos’ stays as it stands.
“Trademarking doesn’t mean you make money from it, it means keeping the integrity of the graffiti and keeping the story alive,” she said.
“It is a great tourist attraction and a great urban myth.
“What they put around it is up to [Katherine].”
Alderman Tapp-Coutts said the bridge should not become a commercial advertising story board.
“It has always been a contentious issue. I just want to see it stay,” she said.
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