Man­ag­ing graf­fiti

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil has re­ceived $7380 from the State Gov­ern­ment to as­sist with graf­fiti re­moval and pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

As part of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy on com­mu­nity safety, more than $2mil­lion in fund­ing has been com­mit­ted to sup­port the op­er­a­tion of a Graf­fiti STOP hot­line and for graf­fiti man­age­ment fund­ing to Queens­land coun­cil in 2014-15.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said she was pleased to re- ceive this fund­ing which would go a long way to­wards as­sist­ing coun­cil with the costs as­so­ci­ated with graf­fiti re­moval.

“Graf­fiti is an in­creas­ing is­sue across the Whit­sun­day re­gion, cost­ing coun­cil a sub­stan­tial amount of money each year to clean up,” she said.

“We need to adopt a zero tol­er­ance for graf­fiti – it not only looks un­sightly it hurts prop­erty val­ues, and drives away busi­ness and tourism.”

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