Council combats graffiti at Mt Marlay
Armed with a high
pressure cleaner, staff from Southern Downs Regional Council’s Parks and
Gardens department have successfully removed the majority of graffiti from
granite rocks at Mount Marlay lookout, discovered last week.
of the rocks at Mount Marlay was reported to and confirmed by Stanthorpe Police
last week, and attracted attention across the local community.
Downs Portfolio Councillor for Community, Towns and Villages, Sheryl Windle
commended staff on their efforts to combat this senseless vandalism.
staff responded quickly following news of the graffiti incident, and it’s great
to know that they were able to remove almost all of it from the rocks. However,
it’s hugely disappointing that it happened in the first place.
“It is hoped
that the offenders in this latest incident will be found and strongly discouraged
from carrying out further acts of vandalism.
“Each time something
like this occurs in public spaces and to facilities or equipment, Council, and ultimately
the community, incurs the cost to fix the damage. This often includes call out
after hours, cost of material, labour for replacement, not to mention the lost
time as staff are taken away from other scheduled works.
encourage anyone that sees a crime in progress or has information about a crime
to report this to Crime Stoppers, which can be done anonymously, as this could
be the key to finding the offenders,” she said.
Cr Windle also
highlighted that Council is keen to partner with schools, businesses and
community groups across the region to raise awareness about graffiti and the
impacts it can have on urban and regional areas.
graffiti removal kits available free of charge to schools, businesses and
community groups, which we hope will enable those partnering with Council to
remove any graffiti they have identified in their particular areas, and in
doing so help both Council and the community combat graffiti,” said Cr Windle.
removal kits include removal products, personal protective equipment and
information fact sheets and are available from Council’s Stanthorpe and Warwick
community contact centres. Schools, businesses or community groups wishing to
obtain a kit need to complete a ‘Graffiti Removal Kit Release’ form.
fight the war against graffiti by calling Crime Stoppers in Queensland (1800
333 000) to report graffiti on public or Government owned assets and facilities.
Damage to personal property (e.g. fences, etc.) should be reported directly to
Policelink on 131 444.
GRAFFITI: Council staff removing graffiti from granite rocks at Mt Marlay with
a high pressure cleaner