By Alesha Capone
A neo-Nazi group has claimed responsibility for plastering more than 130 stickers featuring swastikas and other Nazi-related imagery throughout Werribee.
The stickers were put up last month at sites including the Wyndham Cultural Centre, the WEstjustice community legal centre and Wyndham Park.
Some of the stickers included an internet address for a group called the Antipodean Resistance, which describes itself as “an Australian National Socialist Youth Organisation” opposed to multiculturalism, homosexuality and the Jewish religion.
The group’s website features the slogans “White revolution is the only solution” and “We’re the Hitlers you’ve been waiting for”.
Wyndham city operations director Stephen Thorpe said council staff noticed the stickers in Werribee’s city centre last Monday and removed more than 130 from buildings and infrastructure within 24 hours.
He said that the council had reported the matter to police.
“The sort of attitudes reflected in these stickers goes against what makes Wyndham a great place to be,” Mr Thorpe said.
“Council strongly condemns racism and bigotry of all forms.
“Wyndham is a proudly multicultural city that is made up of people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe.”
WEstjustice chief executive Denis Nelthorpe said three swastika stickers had been stuck on the centre’s Watton Street windows, but that WEstjustice staff had removed them.
“We’ve reported it to police and we really don’t think they (the Antipodean Resistance) are worth a lot of time and effort,” Mr Nelthorpe said.
“I think Wyndham has got a pretty good track record of being a place welcoming of diversity and I think these people are wasting their time.”
Star Weekly contacted the Antipodean Resistance last week, via an email address on its website.
An anonymous respondent said that the organisation’s followers had put up the stickers in Werribee because of “high racial diversity”.