Graffiti Bill a brush with the long arm of the law
■ Tough laws introduced to State Parliament last week will make graffiti vandalism WA’s “most pointless pastime”, according to Police Minister Liza Harvey.
The Graffiti Vandalism Bill makes graffiti a stand-alone offence with a maximum penalty of $24,000 and two years in jail.
Under the laws, mandatory community-based clean-up orders would compel convicted graffiti vandals to clean up their damage.
Police could confiscate phones, laptops and other devices offenders used to record, store or transmit pictures of graffiti and anyone caught with a graffiti tool or implement could face a $6000 fine.
Public Transport Authority officers would get stronger powers to ban serial offenders from buses, trains and stations and local governments would be allowed on to private property to clean it up.
The City of Karratha spent $76,000 on graffiti removal in 201415.
In 2010, the City initiated the Cleansweep Taskforce in response to a community survey highlighting the need for litter and graffiti management.
Since its implementation, the amount of hours required to clean up graffiti has fallen from 2037 in 2012-13 to 693 in 2014-15.