Mayor backs anti-graffiti bid
WARNING FOR OFFENDERS TARGETING BUSINESSES IN REGION
SHOP owners attempting to rid Emerton of graffiti have grabbed the attention of Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali, who has warned those responsible to “watch out”.
“You will get caught and, if you do the crime, you will do the time. This is just not on,” Cr Bali said.
Within days of The Standard’s front-page story high- lighting the problem, Cr Bali visited the shops to see the vandalism for himself.
He encouraged residents to report offenders and get the associated bounty.
Depending on the damage, anyone prepared to testify in court can qualify for a reward between $500 and $2500.
Cr Bali said all stakeholders would meet early next year to discuss a unified plan to combat the unsightly problem.
“You attack businesses like this and you are attacking the community, and the good people who live here,” he said.
Standing in front of an abandoned and badly-vandalised building alongside the Emerton Shopping Village carpark, Cr Bali encouraged property owners to remove graffiti immediately.
Cr Bali visited Oz Chicken co-owner Bill Anton, who had all but given up the fight.
“We were painting over it regularly, but they just keep coming back,” Mr Anton said.
“We leave at night and the next morning, there it is.”
Cr Bali promised to look into whether the state-funded anti-graffiti trial could be expanded to include Emerton.
Cr Stephen Bali in Emerton.