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Tackling graffiti in Frankston

Wednesday 22 April 2015:

A new purpose built graffiti removal vehicle will hit the streets to tackle graffiti in the Frankston area.

The Mayor of Frankston City Council, Cr Sandra Mayer joined me today to unveil the vehicle, which along with associated graffiti clean-up kits and product is part of the Langwarrin Graffiti Response and Prevention Programme.

Local service clubs and property owners will also partner with the Council under the programme to apply anti-graffiti seal to their walls– so if they are vandalised, it is easy to remove.

The $88,000 programme is part of my $759,000 broader election commitment to improving local safety and amenity under the Commonwealth Government’s Safer Streets Programme.

The purpose built vehicle – a ute fitted out with compressors and other apparatus – is a much needed addition to Frankston, with a focus on Langwarrin, where graffiti is an ongoing concern to local residents and a costly problem.

In the 2014/2015 financial year, Frankston Council has already removed 29 709sqm of graffiti over 1887 different jobs in the local government area, which puts it on track to remove about 40 000 sqm for the year.

Over the past nine months, the Council has had on average about 210 reports of graffiti per month.

In conjunction with expanded CCTV and lighting, the increased focus on graffiti removal will make our streets safer and more welcoming and vibrant.

The Council’s ‘One Stop Squad’ will use the vehicle to carry out a daily programme of removal based on tip offs from the community. I encourage citizens to report any instances of graffiti by calling the Council’s Graffiti Hotline on 1800 No TAGS.

As is currently the case under ‘Operation Canned’, Council will take photos of each instance of graffiti and pass them on to local police to assist them to find and prosecute perpetrators.

Mayor Mayer welcomed the new resource and said it will add to the Council’s existing graffiti removal programme in Frankston City, and will help in the identification of repeat offenders and in the day-to-day efforts to combat graffiti in the City.

“Council’s One Stop Squad works with Corrections Victoria to clean up graffiti. This is both a time-consuming and costly affair, as it requires paint colour matching and the time to chemically remove graffiti or to paint over it.”