Wiping out graffiti pays off

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
City of Bunbury Waste Services project officer Melinda Whiteley tests out one of the graffiti packs.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury Waste Services project officer Melinda Whiteley tests out one of the graffiti packs. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

City of Bunbury staff have cleaned up 186 incidents of graffiti equating to more than $54,000 in damages across the city since July last year.

The worrying amount of vandalism has forced Bunbury City Council to launch a new Wipe Out Graffiti campaign and is offering graffiti removal kits to residents and businesses.

The campaign was launched on Monday and the kits have been made available thanks to a WA Police grant.

The campaign also aims to educate and inform residents and business owners about how and why it is important to report graffiti.

Mayor Gary Brennan said it was important that the community reported any graffiti to ensure its swift removal.

“Removing graffiti quickly has been recognised as the best way to reduce the rewards that graffiti vandals seek,” Mr Brennan said.

“We are committed to dealing with graffiti and working with the community to remove it as soon as possible.”

The kits will be made available only to people who report graffiti on their property.

A city officer will then attend the property to record the vandalism for the police database before supplying the kit, which includes gloves, safety glasses, chemicals and a bucket.

To report graffiti or claim a kit, contact the City of Bunbury Waste Services team on 9792 7333.

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