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​Writing on the wall for graffiti vandals

Issued: Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sports clubs, community groups and local residents have joined forces to support NSW Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday 26 October.

Wests Tigers NRL star, Curtis Sironen joined Attorney General Brad Hazzard, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres, Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli in launching Graffiti Removal - a joint initiative between the NSW Government and Rotary Down Under to encourage people to say ‘no’ to graffiti vandalism.

Also supporting the launch at Enfield on Wednesday 1 October were volunteers from Strathfield Rotary Club, Girl Guides and Scouts.

Last year thousands of NSW residents rolled up their sleeves to remove a record 23,000 square metres of graffiti saving taxpayers more than $1.5 million in clean up costs.

This year the event is expected to be bigger and better, with the Wests Tigers encouraging their fans to take action against graffiti.

“A footy club can’t succeed without teamwork and the same can be said about Graffiti Removal Day,” said Curtis Sironen.

"I hope Graffiti Removal Day causes some vandals to think about the consequences of their actions.

“Young people may turn to graffiti because they are bored but getting involved in sport is a much healthier and productive cure for boredom."

Attorney General Brad Hazzard said the writing was on the wall for graffiti vandals.

"By turning out in big numbers on Graffiti Removal Day, we will send a clear message to vandals we will not tolerate criminal behaviour or destruction of public property,” Mr Hazzard said.

"The NSW Government is committed to working closely with local councils, property owners, government agencies, community groups, businesses and the public to identify, remove and prevent graffiti."

To volunteer or nominate a clean-up site complete the online registration form at www.graffitiremovalday.org.au

​​All volunteers are provided with training, graffiti removal equipment and protective gear on the day.

You can also help promote Graffiti Removal Day on Twitter by using the hashtag #14GRD or @GraffitiDay

The NSW Government established a free and confidential graffiti hotline in 2012 to make it easier to report and remove graffiti vandalism found on public assets, community facilities or private property. In 2013/14 it received 830 calls.

To report graffiti in NSW call 1800 707 124 between 9am-5pm on weekdays.