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                                                                                                                                        Placid in pink: It is hoped the
                                                                                                                                        pink lights being trialled in the
                                                                                                                                        Boulevarde carpark at
                                                                                                                                        Brighton-Le-Sands will soothe
                                                                                                                                        reckless drivers.
                                                                                                                                                      Picture: Jane Dyson

Think pink, the new calm
By Siobhan Tanner                         The plan is the brainchild of Rock-        "There is no scientific evidence or       Cr Gary Green, who has a Masters
                                        dale Mayor Bill Saravinovski who           studies that show pink lighting will      degree in counselling, also supports
ROCKDALE Council is painting the heard about a council in Lancashire,              deter hoodlums, so why are we doing       the idea.
town pink in its latest effort to dis- England. that was considering instal-       it?," Cr Nagi asked.                        "Several ancient cultures, including
courage      hoons    from     visiting ling the lights in trouble spots.            Cr     Saravinovski     vehemently      the Egyptians and Chinese, practised
Brighton-Le-Sands.                        Will it work or is it just a publicity   defended the idea against sceptics        chromotherapy - the use of colours to
  The pink lights being trialled in the stunt on the back of global media          and challenged them to come up with       heal," Cr Green said.
council's Boulevarde carpark are interest in Rockdale's Barry Manilow              an alternative.                             "A shade known as drunk-tank pink
meant to have a calming effect on experiment?                                        "It might sound like a silly idea but   is sometimes used in prisons to calm
hot-blooded car hoons.                    Councillor Michael Nagi said there       at least we are thinking outside the      inmates.
  If successful, they will become a was no evidence to back up these               square," Cr Saravinovski said.              "Some sports teams even paint the
common fIxture across the council conclusions and scorned the plan as                "Any publicity is good because it       opposing teams locker room pink to
area.                                   a "publicity stunt".                       brings families back into the area."      help subdue them."

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