$1000 to clean graffiti for commerical property owners in Gosnells

Paul Brent  gets rid of graffiti sprayed on to an electrical pole in Maddington. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d443565
Paul Brent gets rid of graffiti sprayed on to an electrical pole in Maddington. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d443565

THE City of Gosnells is trying to clean up the city by removing graffiti and offering $1000 to commercial property owners who remove it.

The incentive is being funded by the WA Police State Graffiti Fund Grant and will use Kleenit to provide professional graffiti removal for the program.

In order for commercial property owners to receive the grant, the premises must be inside the City of Gosnells’ industrial area.

This initiative by the City comes at the same time as the State Government announced it has increased its efforts to rub out graffiti from WA by introducing new tougher laws in State Parliament.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the stand-alone graffiti offence carried significant maximum penalties of a $24,000 fine and two years behind bars.

Mrs Harvey said it costs WA about $8 million a year to remove graffiti vandalism.

City of Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths said a Safe City officer and WA Police officer would conduct free audits, which involve targeted advice on graffiti prevention, removal and reporting.

“Business owners can take a really positive step to tackle ongoing problems with graffiti by taking part in the Industrial Area Graffiti Audits Program,” the mayor said.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to join the City to improve community safety, create a more attractive place for visitors and residents and help businesses be graffiti-free.”