Call for community to help in crackdown on graffiti
LISMORE City Council and the combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore are calling on the community to help crack down on graffiti in Lismore later this month.
Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday October 20 will see concerned citizens, members of Lismore Rotary Clubs and Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell clean up Lismore's act by targeting five yet to be named sites that have received heavy tagging in the past year.
Long-term advocate of graffiti removal, Cr Dowell said she feels "disappointed" when she sees illegal tagging around the city.
"Older people in our community have expressed that graffiti makes them feel unsafe," Cr Dowell said.
"Graffiti is a sign that no one cares and it appears like we don't have pride in our community."
Cr Dowell also encouraged those who have graffiti on fences or garage doors of private property to look at the vandalism with "fresh new eyes".
"Graffiti Removal Day is a good opportunity for home and business owners to think about just how ugly graffiti is and to do something about it," Cr Dowell said.
Lismore Rotary co-ordinator of Graffiti Removal Day Terry Brown said this is the second year Rotary has been involved with the event.
He said they have had success in the past and received a positive response from people in the community nominating sites that need cleaning up.
"People say there is no point in removing graffiti because it just gets painted over again but experience shows us that if you remove the stuff right away the vandals are less likely to target the area again," Mr Brown said.
Parks co-ordinator at Lismore City Council Martin Soutar said the work on each site will be "intensive" and the more members of the community that can lend a hand the better.
For information about Graffiti Removal Day, phone 1300 665 310 or visit http://www.graffitiremovalday.org.au.