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East Gippsland Graffiti

East Gippsland Graffiti

Costly Graffiti Clean Up in East Gippsland

The East Gippsland Shire Council is counting the cost of cleaning up graffiti and vandalism in the Bairnsdale area, that has become almost a daily occurrence for council work crews in the region.

These resources would otherwise be allocated to services that benefit the community, such as park and playground maintenance and upgrades, repairing and constructing new footpaths, installing bollards for public safety.

Council’s General Manager Assets and Environment Fiona Weigall said the attacks have become more prevalent in the recent months.

“Our officers have been removing graffiti from Council infrastructure along with other buildings in Bairnsdale daily. Our staff are doing a great job and community committees have expressed their gratitude, however it is not the best use of their time,” Ms Weigall said.

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“Graffiti is also occurring on private buildings and other infrastructure which is not Council’s. Victoria Police have been notified and will continue to be notified as the graffiti occurs.”

In some instances, in West Bairnsdale the works crew has cleaned graffiti from sporting and bus shelters and street signs only to return the same day to find new graffiti. Along some stretches of streets, almost every road sign has been ‘tagged’.

The Council has encouraged residents to report incidents of graffiti, or information about the perpetrators and timing of vandalism to Victoria Police.

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