Graffiti begone! Time to clean up Tweed's streets
THE Tweed is in the grip of a graffiti explosion, and we're sick of it.
The mindless tagging of everything imaginable has become too great to ignore - think toilet blocks, road works signs and levee walls.
It's making our naturally beautiful shire look disgraceful and we at the Daily News have decided to do something about it.
Today we're launching a Clean Up Our Streets campaign to draw attention to the eyesore.
The Daily News is aiming to get hot spots cleaned up and also provide expression walls for would-be taggers to express their creative side.
Basically, we want our shire to look inviting to both residents and visitors.
Over the coming weeks, we'll be exploring the issue.
In particular, we'll be looking at how much it costs ratepayers to clean up, why people do it, when tagging becomes art, solutions that have worked in other towns, penalties, the availability of spray paint, and much more.
We're also calling for readers to get involved and tell us which areas you would like to see cleaned up so we can negotiate with the relevant authorities to achieve it.
We'll give you a sneak peek of the hot spots in this week's Tweed Border Mail, out Wednesday.
Then in next week's Daily News we'll tackle the topic of cost - you may be surprised how much it is costing to clean up graffiti.
We look forward to exploring these issues over the coming weeks and making the Tweed an even more beautiful place to live.
Join us in identifying the hot spots and working together to Clean Up Our Streets.
Tell us which graffiti hot spots you would like to see cleaned up around the Tweed. Leave your comments below.