Writing on the wall for graffiti
THE Town of East Fremantle has passed a new graffiti vandalism policy that will allow the council to remove unsightly or offensive graffiti on private property.
The policy, which wasapproved at a meeting on Tuesday, gives the council the power to enter private property to remove graffiti even if it has been applied with the consent of property owners.
It will also have the ability to recover costs of work from the person who was issued with the notice.
The graffiti must be visible from a public place and be considered unsightly or offensive. The chief executive will use their discretion to determine what is unsightly or offensive.
East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill said the council had delegated its power under the act to the chief executive.
“If it was felt by the chief executive that if a matter may be controversial, the matter would be brought to the attention of council as soon as possible,” he said.
“Ideally the graffiti should be removed within the 24 hours; under the Act a person served with removal notice has the right to lodge an appeal with the chief executive within the 28 days.”
Mr O’Neill said the Town was simply updating its delegation to expedite graffiti removal from private properties.
The cities of Joondalup and Mandurah have both implemented the same Act.