Council offers property owners grants to clear graffiti

HAIR Sparx owner Amanda Hilton wants to see the back of graffiti.

She described the eyesore on her Shakespeare St business wall as an "absolute mess."

"It makes the place look tacky, it really does," she said.

"We're not that far from the city but you feel like you're in the outskirts."

While Ms Hilton said there was a time and a place for graffiti, most of the time it looked horrible and it needed to be cleaned up.

"There is some nice arty stuff in amongst the city heart and it looks fabulous in some of those laneways, but as far as the random stuff - it's terrible," she said.

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Parks and environment portfolio councillor Theresa Morgan said council was offering incentives to businesses to remove graffiti from private property.

"Property owners will be able to apply for one-off grants to the value of $500, and a maximum of $2000 per financial year, to assist with the cost of removing graffiti from shopfronts and properties," she said.

"The financial burden of removing graffiti is the last thing businesses need to worry about in the current economy."

The grants are part of a new graffiti management policy adopted by council yesterday and will also allow the council to legally remove graffiti from private property in view of the public and accessible from council land.

Cr Morgan estimated annual costs of graffiti removal at about $50,000.

"If we can stop graffiti before it happens we will be able to put the money we spend removing it towards other community projects," she said.

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