GET BEHIND GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY
The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today encouraged the local community to register to take part in what’s shaping up to be a record breaking Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday, October 20.
“Anyone in the Coffs Harbour electorate who cares about the appearance of our community can get behind Graffiti Removal Day by joining the clean up, promoting the day on social media or simply by telling their family and friends about it,” Mr Fraser said.
The NSW Government and Rotary Down Under will run Graffiti Removal Day with the support of a wide range of community organisations, including Australian Men’s Shed Association (NSW Branch), Scouts and Girl Guides.
“Graffiti Removal Day is getting bigger each year, with about 150 sites across NSW to be cleaned during this year’s event, compared to 105 sites last year,” Mr Fraser added.
People can volunteer for Graffiti Removal Day by completing a registration form at www.graffitiremovalday.org.au or by registering on the day at one of the clean-up sites.
“Anyone over the age of 12 can get involved in the clean up and all volunteers will be provided with training, graffiti removal equipment and protective gear on the day,” Mr Fraser said.
“Participants will include everyone from school students to professionals and retirees, which is proof that graffiti affects people of all ages and walks of life.”
Hundreds of volunteers from across the state took part in last year’s Graffiti Removal Day, clearing 8,150 square metres of graffiti and saving the NSW Government, local councils and property owners an estimated $530,000.
“Graffiti is not just an eyesore, it costs the state more than $100 million a year and can cause people to avoid affected areas because they feel unsafe.
Mr Fraser said the NSW Government had introduced new laws into parliament that would provide more flexibility for police when charging graffiti offenders.
“The reforms are designed to encourage charging under the Graffiti Control Act so that the sanctions and remedies available under that Act, including graffiti clean-up orders, are used in more cases,” Mr Fraser concluded.
15 October 2013
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