CLEAN UP CREW: Rhys and Pat Jackson, Ray Lawrence, Cr Mark Sultana, Ellie Hewitt and Zachary Sultana and Lindsay.
CLEAN UP CREW: Rhys and Pat Jackson, Ray Lawrence, Cr Mark Sultana, Ellie Hewitt and Zachary Sultana and Lindsay. Leigh Jensen

Lifting the public price tag of graffiti

ARMED with buckets, paints and solvents hardworking volunteers have lifted nusiance graffiti from private and public property across Coffs Harbour.

Volunteers from Lions, Rotary, St John Paul College and Coffs Harbour City Council joined together to remove graffiti from concrete walls, colour bond fences and public toilets.

They were among 1500 volunteers who banded together at more than 300 Grafitti Remvoal Day sites across New South Wales.

Local organiser Coffs Harbour City councillor Mark Sultana said the day was an oustanding success.

"I am particularly grateful to the many volunteers who joined us for the first time this year and gave up their Sunday to remove graffiti from other people's property," Cr Sultana said.

"Most of these volunteers had no experience in graffiti removal but by the end of the day, they had learnt new skills, made new friends and done something positive for our community. This shows a real sense of community spirit.

He said Graffiti Removal Day was only part of the solution in the fight against graffiti.

Each year graffiti and malicious damage costs the local council in the order of $100,000.

"While the Day was a success in removing graffiti it is also important to remember it is only one day of the year, while the fight against graffiti takes place all year round," Cr Sultana said.

"To stop graffiti vandalism we need members of the community to report it as soon as it appears by calling the Graffiti Hotline 1800 707 125, so it can be quickly removed to prevent these vandals from getting any kind of exposure."

For more information about regular graffiti removal programs call 1300 665 310.



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