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Anti-graffiti education program gets the greenlight

9 Aug 2012

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon announced that Council was recently successful in securing $148,000 for an anti-graffiti education program from the Federal Government.

Mayor McMahon said the program will be in partnership with the Pole Depot Community Centre.

“Graffiti is a growing problem and a scourge on society,” he said.

“This is one of the ways we are trying to nip it in the bud as well educate those who have already offended.”

Mayor McMahon said the funding is for the next two years.

“We will work with young offenders to try to reduce the likelihood of them reoffending as well as develop workshops for high school students,” he said.

“Hopefully, this proactive approach will help reduce the incidents of graffiti in our area.”

Mayor McMahon said graffiti is a serious issue and greatly detracts from the area’s appeal.

“Not only is it ugly, it is costly with Council spending over $200,000 each year to remove graffiti throughout the local government area,” he said.

“Putting it simply, that is money down the drain.

“It could be better spent on improving our playgrounds, fixing up roads and footpaths, and going towards improving other important infrastructure and assets.”

Mayor McMahon said Council removes on average 1,600 square metres of graffiti every three months.

“This is roughly equivalent to two Olympic swimming pools!” he said.

“Additionally, we remove approximately 6,000 tags each year.”

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Media contact: 
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953


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