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Issued: Sunday, 30 October 2016
A record amount of graffiti is set to be wiped out today as volunteers from Blacktown to Bourke take part in NSW Graffiti Removal Day.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant and Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said the annual day of action is a practical way to restore community pride.
“Graffiti Removal Day gives people fed up with vandalism a chance to do something that will have an immediate and positive impact on their community,” said Mr Grant.
The largest Graffiti Removal Day clean ups are expected at Arndell Park and Girraween in Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Coffs Harbour, Maitland and Wagga Wagga.
“Communities will get to work on blasting, scrubbing and painting some of the largest sites in the event’s history which is expected to set a new Graffiti Removal Day record,” Mr Grant said.
“We cannot tolerate graffiti – it’s a crime that makes people feel unsafe and costs NSW more than $100 million a year, money which could be spent on roads, schools, hospitals and sporting facilities,” Ms Upton added.
“Measuring the extent of graffiti in NSW is a difficult task as it’s not always reported so it’s important for communities to remain vigilant and call the Graffiti Hotline on 1800 707 125 as soon as they see it.”
More than 40,000 incidents of graffiti have been reported to NSW Police in the past five years, with the number of reports falling by an average of 7.5 per cent each year.
All volunteers will be provided with training, graffiti-removal equipment and protective gear at today’s events.
In 2015, more than 2,000 volunteers removed 21,000m² of graffiti from over 450 sites across NSW.
For further details about Graffiti Removal Day, visit www.graffitiremovalday.org.au