Coffs graffiti escalates
By JENI FAULKNER
ACTS of vandalism are said to cost the Coffs Harbour community well in excess of $100,000 each year, graffiti being a major contributer to this.
Recently the Coffs Harbour City Council decided to offer a $5000 reward to anyone who could provide information leading to a conviction of those involved with vandalising council property.
At the time, Councilor Keith Rhoades said it was the community that suffered from vandalism through the loss of amenity, the diversion of funds from other works and services and the cost to ratepayers and residents.
"The community must be encouraged to work with council and police to stop this senseless waste of money and time," Cr Rhoades said.
"There are specific incidents of vandalism but there is on-going damage to street signs and other assets and this financial year alone that figure is already standing at $13,331."
This year the Red Hill water tank was covered with graffiti and last month Karangi Dam received a similar attack.
A spokesperson from the council said these areas were regularly hit by vandals, with the estimated cost of these two incidents alone at about $8500.
The Jetty is another area were vandals like to make their mark and recently the tourist information boards received lots of damage.
But, aside from the damage to council property, graffiti also costs business owners and private properties a lot of money.
Many vandals like to target the same business time and time again and last month about nine businesses in West High Street were vandalised.
Graffiti on public facilities should be reported to council's city parks branch or rangers on 6648 4000.