Friday, March 11, 2011

Hard line on Glen Eira graffiti

GLEN Eira’s “concerning” graffiti is in the spotlight as Caulfield MP David Southwick takes a tough stand.
“Unfortunately there is no silver bullet to fix this problem but taking a hard line combined with prevention and education programs are desperately needed.”
He said Glen Eira Council could apply for up to $25,000 funding and community groups could apply for grants of up to $10,000 under the Coalition’s $29 million community crime prevention program.
Council spokesman Paul Burke said it would apply for the funding if it “assisted and complemented” the council’s existing programs.
But $210,000 had already been spent on a one-off cleaning blitz after a zero-tolerance approach was adopted in June 2009.
In five months more than 15,000sq m of graffiti had been removed from 1377 residential, commercial and industrial properties, he said.
The council had also spent $234,000 on removing graffiti in the last financial year.

Taken from: Caulfield Glen Eira Leader Wherelive

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