Graffiti costs ratepayers dearly
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.
GRAFFITI GRUBS: Graffiti vandals are costing council dearly.