Mudgeeraba state MP Ros Bates takes graffiti seriously.
Mudgeeraba state MP Ros Bates takes graffiti seriously.

Stamping out graffiti

THE campaign for Mudgeeraba residents to report hooning and graffiti, launched by State Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates in 2008, is proving successful, with a decrease in both offences.

Graffiti watch and hoon watch provides Mudgeeraba residents with details of who to contact to report graffiti, street racing, trail bikes and burnout offences.

Reports can be made by email, phone or a form that can be submitted to local police stations.

Mudgeeraba had the third-highest incidence of hooning in the electorate prior to hoon watch being launched in 2008.

Since the campaign, there has been a one-third increase of cars impounded in the area.

“It's such a simple tool,” Ms Bates said. “It empowers the residents to be the eyes and ears of the law.”

The Gold Coast spends more than a million dollars cleaning off graffiti each year.

The Liberal-National Party introduced a Private Members' Bill that would force perpetrators to clean up their graffiti, but the bill was defeated by the Labor party.

There have been eight recent arrests for graffiti in the Mudgeeraba area as a result of the campaign.

For more details visit www.rosbates.com.au or contact Ms Bates' office on (07) 5569 0482.



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