Graf­fiti Bill a brush with the long arm of the law

Pilbara News - - News - Phoebe Wearne and Peter de Krui­jff

■ 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.

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