GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNWANTED GRAFFITI DAMAGING PRIVATE PROPERTY AND PUBLIC AMENITY

The Barr government needs to stop charging homeowners for unwanted and offensive graffiti damage to their fences and take an active interest in cleaning it up, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.

“I’m not talking about street art; I’m talking about the suburban graffiti on private fences backing onto public reserves or roads. You only have to drive along Hindmarsh Drive to see that any attempt by this government to deal with suburban graffiti vandalism has failed,” Mrs Jones said.

“Unwanted graffiti is a problem across many of Canberra’s suburbs and I’ve had reports from homeowners that they are being told to clean the vandalism off their fences.

“This is completely unacceptable which is why this week in the Assembly, I called on the government to do what good local government should do and clean it up.

“The suburban graffiti vandalism affects the way people feel about their community and is costing home owners hundreds of dollars each year to fix what the government won’t.

“The people of Canberra deserve better. It’s time the Barr government stopped using the homes of Canberrans as an ATM to withdraw cash to pay for their tram dream and focused on maintaining the streets and suburbs of our beautiful bush capital,” Mrs Jones concluded.