A Geraldton lawyer says the City of Greater Geraldton should be warning visitors about the dangers of rock throwing as reports of the problem surge. Criminal defence lawyer George Giudice has seen firsthand how dangerous rock throwing can be when he represented a Filipino seafarer after a rock lodged into his eye on the foreshore about a decade ago. He lost his eye completely and was compensated by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Mr Giudice said he wore safety glasses when riding for protection after his bicycle and car had been rocked many times. “This has gone on for a long time and it’s become more prevalent and you start to wonder whether the visitors in this town are at risk,” he said. He believes the City should be responsible for warning tourists and visitors about the dangers of rock throwing if it continues. “These people who get off the boat, and the cruise ships that come to Geraldton, are in danger of being hit by one of these missiles,” he said. “You just wonder whether they should start putting signs on the foreshore saying beware of flying rocks.” In November, Geraldton police launched an action plan to curb the rock throwing, consisting of heightened foot and vehicle patrols, drone surveillance, education and public awareness programs, mental health support and stricter penalties. It was revealed police seized more than 150 homemade gings in the past year. On Friday, October 20, a rock was launched into Blair Lavender’s car, causing the glass to shatter over his six-year-old daughter, leaving her cut and bloodied. Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation launched an action group in May in a bid to tackle the issue, which the City is a part of. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Jerry Clune acknowledged rock throwing was an ongoing issue and said the City had been in consultation with police and Main Roads to clear lines of sight at spots known for rock throwing and ensure the upkeep of verges. “Known problem spots are heavily considered when undertaking verge maintenance and in some cases we reduce bushes and shrubs in these areas which has seen positive results in the past,” he said. The City’s youth team is also delivering messages in schools about the consequences of rock throwing. “The City will continue to work closely with relevant stakeholders to do everything we can to stop rock throwing in our community as we know how serious the outcomes of this dangerous activity are,” Mr Clune said.