Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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