$5000 reward to stop graffiti
REWARD money of up to $5000 is being offered by Tweed Shire Council in a bid to stop excess amounts of graffiti in the region.
The council will offer rewards to members of the public who report offences to the police, however the rewards will be given out on a case by case basis.
Mower City manager Byron Barker said graffiti is a growing problem in Tweed.
“It’s happens regularly around our business, every month there is more.” Mr Barker said.
“The rewards system sounds like a good idea.”
Mr Barker said there is always a cost to his business when graffiti vandals strike.
“We spend thousands of dollars on signs for our business to make it look presentable and then there is graffiti on them and the staff have to take time out of their work to paint over it,” Mr Barker said.
“The graffiti is everywhere and looks horrible, it’s vandalism; we would spend over $500 a year removing it.”
Community members who provide information on graffiti in Tweed may be required to appear in court to give evidence.
The new scheme is based on a similar program run by Gosford City Council which has been running successfully for years.
The Tweed Shire Council has resolved to liaise with the Roads and Traffic Authority to remove graffiti.
Rewards based on value of damage involved:
$500 for up to $1000
$750 for $1000-3000
$2000 for $3001-5000
$3000 for $5001-10,000
$4000 for $10,001-20,000
$5000 for $20,001 plus