Youth councillors tackling graffiti

DURING recent months, incidents of graffiti in Wellington Shire have increased.

Graffiti costs local businesses and ratepayers, money to remove.

One recent incident in a local park resulted in a $1200 clean-up bill.

Wellington Shire Youth Council will be taking a stand these school holidays to remove the graffiti in some known hot spots, by partnering with Victoria Police to hold a Clean-up Graffiti Day on Monday, September 29.

Youth mayor Adam Douthat encouraged people to help clean up the streets.

“Wellington Shire Youth Council, with support from council, has partnered with Victoria Police to hold a Clean-up Graffiti Day on Monday, September 29.

“Victoria Police has a list of known graffiti hot spots, a number of which are located in the area around the Sale Clocktower,” he said.

“We’re going to tackle these hot spots, remove any graffiti and provide advice and information to community members and local business operators on how they can access free resources from youth council and council to clean-up graffiti if they become a target of vandalism.

“Youth council invites all local youth to join us. Let’s take a stand and make it crystal clear that graffiti is not tolerated in Wellington (Shire).”

Wellington Shire mayor Scott Rossetti was pleased local youth were sharing the message that community members, young and old, didn’t want to see their towns marked with vandalism.

“Council works hard to provide appealing, vibrant open spaces and community facilities for our residents to make the most of and enjoy.

“Open acts of vandalism by a minority ruins those spaces for the rest of us. Graffiti demonstrates a lack of respect for community space or for the financial burden removal places on others.

“Council is standing side by side with youth council on this issue to tackle it head on.

“We are being joined by Victoria Police and a number of local groups including SoWot and Youth InSearch. Together, we’ll demonstrate that a respectful community is a more successful community.

“Our community promotes participation, working together to provide a safe and liveable place to be.

“We hope that through our joint initiative, removing all the graffiti from one of the worst spots in Wellington (Shire), we can discourage even just one person from further acts of vandalism in our shire.”

Residents have been invited to help with a Clean-up Graffiti Day on Monday, September 29.

A number of clean-up kits will be available for use, with instructions provided. Sessions providing information on removing graffiti will be held at the Sale Clocktower from 10am and 12.30pm.

People are asked to come dressed in appropriate work wear and take something to drink. Water and fruit will be available for all participants.

People can stay for all or part of the day.