Graffiti photographed on a wall in Tweed Heads. Art or vandalism?
Graffiti photographed on a wall in Tweed Heads. Art or vandalism? John Gass

Graffiti hotline launched

THE state government is raging a war on graffiti and Tweed MP Geoff Provest said residents in the region should take up the fight.

A state government hotline to report graffiti was opened on Thursday.

Mr Provest said it would help to clean up the blight on community pride.

"Until now there has been no single number to notify authorities about graffiti, which has caused confusion and delays in removal,'' Mr Provest said.

"The NSW Graffiti Hotline will make it easier to report graffiti in NSW, which will result in faster clean ups.

"Anyone can phone the hotline to report graffiti in NSW and callers can remain anonymous if they are concerned for their privacy and safety."

Mr Provest said it was ridiculous for people who tag other's property to be called artists.

"They might like to think of themselves as artists, but they are really vandals who show no respect for other people's property," Mr Provest said.

Tweed Shire Council manager of recreation services Stewart Brawley said graffiti was increasing in the region.

"I would say that cleanup costs a year are in the six figures now," Mr Brawley said.

"It's a pretty significant problem.

"You do have your hot spots like anywhere else."

Mr Brawley said toilet blocks and public facilities were often targeted.

"We don't have a dedicated crew going around cleaning graffiti," he said.

"If we find offensive graffiti we will often remove the offensive part until we can get it cleaned away."

Mr Brawley said the cost was definitely adding up.



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