Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant and Attorney General Gabrielle Upton in launching Graffiti Removal Day, which will be held on Sunday, 18 October 2015.
Mr Elliott 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 in Baulkham Hills to get involved in the graffiti clean-up and send vandals a message,” Mr Elliott said.
“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,” Mr Elliott said.
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 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.
Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said Graffiti Removal Day was an opportunity for volunteers to show pride in their communities and send a message to vandals that their destructive and criminal behaviour won’t be tolerated.
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.