The Tugun Bypass has become a target for vandals.
The Tugun Bypass has become a target for vandals.

Graffiti on bypass costs $40,000 a year to clean-up

DESPITE attempts to remove graffiti quickly from the Tugun Bypass when it appears, it has not stopped it from being a regular target of vandals.

A clean-up was required last week when a glass barrier was scrawled with graffiti reading "ferals" to the side of the Pacific Motorway near Tugun Hill.

A Queensland Transport and Main Roads spokesman said it was a regular occurrence.

"Unfortunately, graffiti vandalism is not unusual on the Tugun Bypass and can happen as often as once a fortnight," the spokesman said.

"We work to remove offensive graffiti within 24 hours of a reported incident.

"Removal of other graffiti is programmed with other routine maintenance activities, and may take up to six or eight weeks."

While most of the bypass is under surveillance, it is used solely for the purpose of traffic management and not to help combat graffiti.

"The Tugun Bypass CCTV footage is for traffic purposes only," the spokesman said.

The department takes graffiti issues extremely seriously and urges witnessing graffiti in progress to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

"Clean-up costs for graffiti on the Pacific Motorway between Nerang and Tugun are running at between $350,000 and $400,000 a year," the spokesman said.

"Removal of graffiti on the Tugun Bypass alone is about 10% of the total cost.

"We work with Queensland Police by providing copies of the graffiti tags.

"All members of the community can do their part in erasing this unnecessary cost to the environment and state by keeping their eyes and ears open and reporting any incidents immediately."



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