Get In­volved in the Fight Against Graf­fiti

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

Hawkes­bury res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to Love Where We Live by get­ting in­volved in Graf­fiti Re­moval Day on Sun­day, 29 Oc­to­ber 2017. Vol­un­teers are en­cour­aged to meet at the re­serve off the end of Youl Place, Bligh Park at 9.30am.

Graf­fiti van­dal­ism costs lo­cal busi­nesses, house­holds, NSW Gov­ern­ment and Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil mil­lions of dol­lars each year. This is money which could be in­vested into roads, sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, schools and hospi­tals.

Mayor of Hawkes­bury, Coun­cil­lor Mary Lyons-Buck­ett said, “Graf­fiti is one of the most vis­i­ble crimes in our com­mu­nity. This ini­tia­tive in­creases the sense of safety and pride in the com­mu­nity, as well as in­creas­ing the value of prop­erty by keep­ing build­ings and struc­tures in the area clean.”

Graf­fiti Re­moval Day spokesper­son, Garry Baldry said, “Graf­fiti Re­moval Day draws at­ten­tion to the fight against graf­fiti van­dal­ism and en­cour­ages peo­ple to get in­volved in the re­moval and pre­ven­tion of graf­fiti.”

“Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil and Ro­tary are com­mit­ted to com­bat­ing graf­fiti, which is why we are proud to be work­ing with the NSW Gov­ern­ment, Graf­fiti Re­moval Aus­tralia and great spon­sors such as Du­lux, Sel­leys and Smart Graf­fiti on this event.”

“By tak­ing ac­tion in your street, your sub­urb, or your city we can all Love Where We Live by mak­ing sure our place is one to be proud of ” he added.

Last year across NSW over 1500 vol­un­teers re­moved more than 20,500m2 of graf­fiti from 460 sites. This year may be even big­ger and bet­ter.

Vol­un­teers will be sup­plied with free clean­ing ma­te­rial, paint, safety equip­ment and train­ing on how to safely re­move graf­fiti.

Res­i­dents can regis­ter or sug­gest a clean-up site by com­plet­ing a form at www.graf­fi­tire­moval­day.org.au

Those who can­not make it on the Day can still sup­port this great event by pro­mot­ing it on Face­book, In­sta­gram Twit­ter and Snapchat us­ing the hastags#GRD17 and #LoveWhereWeLive.

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