Park Beach group to hit graffiti

PARK Beach Community Group has received $1000 for cleaning equipment and plants to help remove graffiti in the precinct.

The Graffiti Action Day funding came from the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.

The president of the Park Beach Community Group, Jenny Grant, said details of what graffiti spots the group will target and how they approach them would be decided at their next meeting on Sunday.

The second Graffiti Action Day and Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Day are on May 15. Residents are invited to “un-tag” their towns on that Sunday.

The KABC NSW and Tidy Towns graffiti program manager Phil Kelly said cleaning off illegal tagging on walls and buildings as soon as it appeared and planting trees, shrubs and spiky plants in front of targeted walls were two proven strategies for discouraging graffiti.

He said tagging could also be prevented through environmental design.

Graffiti Action Day involves the community in removing graffiti and planting trees to screen walls.

Less illegal graffiti vandalism increases community pride and the visual appeal of communities and towns.

Following the success of the inaugural Graffiti Action Day in 2010, this year’s event will focus on local government areas most affected by graffiti vandalism and inform communities they can easily make a difference to the places they live.

“People take pride in their own communities and Graffiti Action Day provides the opportunity to turn this pride into action,” said KAB NSW CEO Peter McLean.

“Removing the spray paint and planting deterrent flora not only improves the look of the affected area but raises awareness of the issue in the local community.”

There is still time for interested people to register sites and put their names forward as volunteers.

To register, fill out a volunteer registration form or a site registration form and return it to Keep Australia Beautiful NSW via email or post.

You will then be matched up with the nearest site.

To access these forms or for further information, visit or call 9633 3380.

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