19 June 2020

Call for volunteers in new graffiti buster initiative

| My Gungahlin
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Community groups and individuals can now be involved in a new scheme designed to tackle the ongoing problem of illegal graffiti across Canberra, Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris announced this week.

“I am pleased to announce a new graffiti buster volunteer program, which is designed to give Canberrans the opportunity to help remove illegal graffiti from private assets,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“Community groups, including Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers, have already expressed interest in the program and I encourage other groups and individuals willing to assist to come forward to get this project off the ground.

“Initially, the program will focus on assets in the Kambah district, with the potential for other areas of Canberra to be included as the graffiti buster initiative grows.

“Research has shown that prompt and persistent removal of illegal graffiti is an effective way in discouraging repeat vandalism. It not only reduces the recognition that vandals desire but also indicates the area is being monitored.

“While the ACT Government removes illegal graffiti from public assets around town under the Common Boundaries Act 1981, it is the owner’s responsibility to remove illegal graffiti from private property. This includes structures like residential fences that back onto public reserves and open spaces.

“It is hoped this new volunteer program will provide some assistance for residents who are impacted by illegal graffiti and help keep our city beautiful.

“Before graffiti busters get to work, the Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) Directorate will seek approval from affected property owners and work with graffiti buster volunteers to remove illegal graffiti.

“Materials needed to remove the graffiti will be provided, including paint, brushes as well as safety items including masks, gloves and high visibility vests,” Minister Fitzharris concluded.

More information on the new Graffiti Buster initiative, including how to join, can be found at the TCCS website at www.tccs.act.gov.au/city-living/public_areas/graffiti/removal-of-illegal-graffiti-vandalism.

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