‘Graffiti granny’ banned by Central Coast Council for warning motorists about potholes

Granny who’s fed up with lazy council that is refusing to fix potholes takes matters into her own hands with colourful warning signs

  • Road vigilante granny ordered by council to stop warning drivers about potholes
  • Jenny Hartich has saved motorists thousands in damages with quirky warnings 
  • But Central Coast Council believes it’s a safety risk and told her to stop
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A ‘graffiti granny’ who has saved motorists thousands of dollars by avoiding dangerous potholes has been banned by the local council.

Jenny Hartich, 76, from the NSW Central Coast is known as the ‘pothole lady’ andspends her spare time spraying warning signs or a rainbow of colours on potholes to alert motorists of the danger.

Damage claims for potholes on NSW roads has already risen by more than 600 per cent than in 2021, according to new figures.

While motorists are grateful for the heads-up from Ms Hartich, Central Coast Council thinks otherwise and has ordered her to stop.

She insists she hasn’t been ‘bitumen’ and moaning about the delays for the potholes to be repaired.

Jenny Hartich (pictured) is disappointed over Central Coast Council's ban over her spray cans

Jenny Hartich (pictured) is disappointed over Central Coast Council’s ban over her spray cans

‘No, I’ve been fixing it, doing it and getting it done, getting them filled,’ the pint-sized granny told A Current Affair.

‘The community have donated money and donated spray cans just to keep me going to keep everyone safe.’

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‘They know they’re coming up to a pothole.’ 

Ms Hartich said she was banned by the council due to to safety reasons.

The council have requested her to send through photos of the potholes instead

‘They didn’t want to see me splattered on the road,’ she said. 

 NRMA has been called out to 54,182 breakdowns in NSW and the ACT due to tyre and wheel damage in the last four months alone.

Central Coast resident Ash claims he was left $20,000 out of pocket after his vehicle was written off due to pothole damage.

‘Those potholes could kill someone, they’re a danger,’ he told the program.

The granny's pothole warning signs (pictured) have saved motorists thousands of dollars

The granny’s pothole warning signs (pictured) have saved motorists thousands of dollars

He claimed the council knew about the pothole for weeks

‘We’ve been collecting the rates. what happened?’ Ash said. 

Transport for NSW has been inundated with 2575 claims for tyre and rim damage so far in 2022, compared to 356 in 2021.

However, only 38 claims, or one in 70 lodged this year have been approved, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

Service NSW website warns drivers on its website that pothole damage claims could take longer than the normal 4-6 weeks to process “due to high demand. 

Since July 1, NRMA has been called out to 54,182 breakdowns in NSW and the ACT due to tyre and wheel damage from potholed (pictured, a painted over pothole on the NSW Central Coast)

Since July 1, NRMA has been called out to 54,182 breakdowns in NSW and the ACT due to tyre and wheel damage from potholed (pictured, a painted over pothole on the NSW Central Coast)

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