May 31, 2018 by admin
Writing is on the wall: Blacktown mayor Alan Pendleton and Chifley MP Ed Husic hope federal funding for a graffiti education program announced by minister Jason Clare (middle) still stop areas such as the Rooty Hill shopping prencinct from being vandalised. Picture: Gary WarrickBLACKTOWN Council will receive a $170,000 federal government grant to roll out graffiti education after a campaign by Chifley MP Ed Husic.
Year 5, 6 and 7 students in the Blacktown LGA will learn about the criminality and damage of graffiti.
The remaining $50,000 will be allocated to Graffix, a mentoring program of 12 workshops where participants work with a street artist to be given an alternative to illegal graffiti.
The council forks out $800,000 a year to remove graffiti; it is the owners’ responsibility for private buildings.
The council tested the program at Minchinbury Public School last year.
“The goals are to work with community groups and the young offenders and encourage them not to take up graffiti,” Mr Husic said
Blacktown mayor Alan Pendleton said: “Any funding we get to remove graffiti is welcomed by the council and the community.”
This is the first step of Mr Husic’s goal to eliminate graffiti at the Rooty Hill shopping precinct.
“The next step is for CCTV footage in hotspots,” he said.
“Ultimately, we want to reduce graffiti and improve the look and feel of the suburb.
“We want to ease the cost pressures of small businesses to clean it up.
“Someone has to pay for it, whether it be taxpayers or businesses.”
He had this plea for graffiti vandals.
”If you wouldn’t do it to your own property, why do it to anyone else’s?”
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