ROLL UP TO ROLL OUT GRAFFITI
Written on the 2 October 2015 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly welcomed the launch of Graffiti Removal Day 2015, which will be held on Sunday, 18 October 2015.
Mr Conolly said the community is fed up with graffiti tags staining our homes, businesses and public areas.
"Graffiti Removal Day is a great opportunity for community groups and local residents to get involved in the graffiti clean-up and send vandals a message," said Mr Conolly.
"The only tag we want to see is the hashtag #rolluptorollout that will be all over social media as we encourage a record number of volunteers to join the graffiti clean-up.
"Graffiti costs over $100 million each year to clean up in NSW alone and that's money far better spent on improving services for the community."
"Graffiti Removal Day has been getting bigger every year and grassroots community support is crucial to its success," said Mr Conolly.
Last year about 2,000 volunteers removed 21,000 square metres of graffiti from about 275 sites across NSW, saving the government and private property owners an estimated $1.5 million.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant said graffiti is an ugly stain on all communities and that it is frustrating for people to see homes, businesses and public amenities vandalised for no reason.
Graffiti Removal Day is a joint initiative between the NSW Government and Rotary Down Under. It is supported by a range of organisations including the NRL, Scouts Australia, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, Australian Men's Shed Association (NSW Branch), PCYC, NSW Police, high schools and local councils.
To volunteer or nominate a clean-up site, complete the online registration form at www.graffitiremovalday.org.au
Author: Kevin Conolly
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