One of the top issues people raise with me is graffiti, so I am pleased to announce Council’s new Graffiti Management Strategy and Action Plan.
Let me be clear – graffiti is illegal, it is vandalism and it should not be tolerated. It is particularly offensive in an area like Boroondara because it detracts so starkly from our otherwise beautiful City.
The strategy not only outlines how we will deal with graffiti on Council property, but how we can influence the removal of graffiti on assets managed by other public authorities such as VicRoads, Telstra, VicTrack, Metro Trains, electricity providers and Australia Post. While Council doesn’t have control over graffiti on their assets, continuing failure to remove graffiti in a timely manner severely affects the amenity and sense of safety of our residents and visitors.
A number of councils around Victoria have reported a significant drop in the level of graffiti following the installation of murals, especially when the community has been actively involved. A great local example of this is the new mural at the Canterbury railway station inspired by a project run by the Victoria Police, Canterbury Primary School students and local traders.
It is hoped that these murals will help deter unsightly graffiti, which will ensure everyone who uses these underpasses feels safer on their way to and from the station.
Remember if you have information about offenders who are responsible for illegal graffiti, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
With best wishes,
Councillor Jim Parke Mayor of Boroondara