The skate park in Queen’s Park is a popular graffiti hotspot.
The skate park in Queen’s Park is a popular graffiti hotspot. Contributed

Writing is on the wall for vandals

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council is getting tough on graffiti artists and vandals after receiving a grant of $16,000 from the State Government.

Director of Engineering Services Peter See said the grant was to assist with graffiti management costs.

"Southern Downs residents will benefit as some graffiti recovery work which was previously funded by council funds will use this money," he said.

"Currently there are a few hotspots as council and police co-operate to identify and cover them as soon as practicable after they are discovered.

"Council has a program where if there is any form of anti-social behaviour in a particular area, improvements will be made to public lighting within budgetary constraints."

A total of $1.75 million a year will be divided among all the councils in Queensland over the next four years.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said graffiti was costing councils thousands of dollars a day.

Under his new policy $1.75 million each year for the next four years will be divided amongst Queensland's councils to clean up and remove graffiti from public buildings.

"Ratepayers right across the state are fed-up with community assets being vandalised and paying for the clean-up caused by people with no respect for public property," he said.

"A further $250,000 will go to Crime Stoppers to run a new State-wide GraffitiSTOP hotline, website and Facebook page so people can alert authorities to new graffiti by phone, text or online."

The initiative will also connect the Southern Downs Council with the nearest regional Probation and Parole officer so they can use community service offenders to help remove graffiti.

GraffitiSTOP

To report graffiti in the area phone GraffitiSTOP on 1300 474 334



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