Help clean up Lismore for Graffiti Removal Day
SUNDAY will be a day for some post-spring cleaning as two Lismore Rotary clubs call for volunteers to help remove unsightly graffiti for the annual Graffiti Removal Day.
The Rotary Club of Lismore and the Rotary Club of Lismore West are teaming up with Lismore City Council and the NSW Government to clean up three public sites tomorrow.
These include under Fawcetts Bridge behind planet music, a floodgate at Ballina Street Bridge and a building at Coronation Park, The Channon.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said the illegal tagging and vandalism was not only ugly, but also costs local ratepayers thousands of dollars per year to remove it.
She said taggers should consider getting involved in the city's Back Alley Gallery program and help create something colourful, vibrant and attractive.
"Our message to young people is to get involved with the Back Alley Gallery or come to council with suggestions of spaces that could be covered in art," she said.
"We're really open to having more street art around the city but we are totally opposed to tagging."
Cr Dowell also encourages any local businesses, tenants or private properties dealing with tagging and vandalism to "take some pride" and remove it.
"A lot of people falsely think if they clean it off, it will come back," she said. "But what we've found in public places where they've removed graffiti and stayed on top of it, is it stays away."
Both rotary clubs said they were happy to talk to any businesses, tenants or private property owners needing help to remove graffiti.
Graffiti Removal Day Coordinator Terry Brown said the clean up day was a great way to build community pride.
"Many hands make light work and we encourage everyone to get involved," he said.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for Graffiti Removal Day should meet at Fawcetts Bridge at 9am tomorrow, Sunday, October 26.
Volunteers should wear sensible shoes and a hat. Refreshments and equipment will be provided.
Organisers expect to be done by about midday.