Graf­fiti costs ratepay­ers dearly

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WHILE spray cans may cost just a few dol­lars, a Bund­aberg coun­cil­lor has termed their cost to Childers ratepay­ers by way of graf­fiti as an “ex­or­bi­tant” amount of money.

A re­cent spike in van­dal­ism has seen tags pop­ping up through­out the re­gion faster than the coun­cil can re­move them.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said work­ers tried to re­move in­stances of graf­fiti and van­dal­ism on coun­cil property as soon as they be­came aware of it.

“Pro­vided the re­sources are avail­able to do so,” she said.

Health and Reg­u­la­tory ser­vices spokesman Wayne Honor said graf­fiti re­moval was un­der­taken by coun­cil staff in some form ev­ery day.

“Caus­ing coun­cil, and con­se­quently ratepay­ers, an ex­or­bi­tant amount of money,” Cr Honor said.

“While we’re not able to put a de­fin­i­tive dol­lar amount on the cost of re­moval in our re­gion, lo­cal coun­cils spend mil­lions of dol­lars each year on re­mov­ing graf­fiti and van­dal­ism across Queens­land.”

He said the funds would other­wise be spent on projects such as parks, walk­ways and bet­ter roads.

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GRAF­FITI GRUBS: Graf­fiti van­dals are cost­ing coun­cil dearly.

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