LAW MAY SCRUB OUT GRAFFITI
GRAFFITI clean-up costs businesses and local councils throughout Perth millions of dollars a year. However, they hope proposed legislation will give the police more power and reduce the incidence of urban vandalism. The Graffiti Vandalism Enforcement Act will allow police to deal with graffiti as a stand-alone offence under dedicated legislation rather than under existing criminal and property damage laws. The new laws will increase police powers, strengthen clean-up orders and introduce bigger fines and punishment for serial offenders. WA Local Government Association president Troy Pickard said a survey of nine metropolitan councils revealed an annual bill of up to $1.5 million for removal of graffiti in just those councils. This money councils could otherwise be spending on delivering services, he added. Certainly, the present law is not strong enough to deter offenders. Let’s hope the new laws have a greater impact.
Rick Lee -CNG Editor