Writ­ing on the wall for graf­fiti

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

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.

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