Racist, sexist anti-backpacker poster slammed by mayor

A racist poster was spotted in a north Queensland town.
A racist poster was spotted in a north Queensland town. Photo credit: The Townsville Bulletin

An unfriendly poster warning off backpackers who aren't from Europe or don't speak English has been called "vile" by local council in Queensland.

The poster, which was spotted in Ayr on Sunday (local time), declared the town to be a "backpacker-free zone".

"So unless you are of Northern European descent, speak English and you are not a thot or a degenerate, f**k off because you are not welcome here," it read.

Racist, sexist anti-backpacker poster slammed by mayor
Photo credit: The Townsville Bulletin

While it's unclear what the poster's creator meant by 'degenerate', the word 'thot' (an acronym of 'that hoe over there') is an offensive slang term for women.

Local governing body the Burdekin Shire Council has been quick to condemn the sentiments expressed by the poster.

In a statement, Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said she and her council was left "appalled" by the poster's "vile message".

"We wholeheartedly welcome backpackers to our region, not only for the crucial work they do in our horticultural industries but for the cultural diversity they add to our community," she said.

"Our friendly community embraces backpackers and appreciates their wonderful contribution to our shire.

"Many of the backpackers who come here to work get to know our local families and become part of community life."

She emphasised that the poster did not represent Burdekin's views toward travellers of any ethnicity, and hopes no one would be discouraged from visiting the region.

Queensland Police are investigating the matter.

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