More than $482,600 will be given to local governments and community organisations across Western Australia towards the fight against graffiti.
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the latest round from the State Government’s Graffiti Fund would assist local communities in their efforts to clean up and prevent graffiti.
Mr Johnson said the funding was in addition to the Government’s $4million allocation in the next four years of the State Budget to continue the excellent work being done by the Graffiti Taskforce and WA Police.
“The Liberal-National Government has provided more than $1.1million in grants since coming into power to help local communities eradicate the scourge of graffiti,” he said.
“The grants cover the costs of graffiti clean-up and provide financial support to community programs, many of which have been successful at preventing graffiti at a grassroots level.
“The grant recipients have demonstrated the determination to clean up and rapidly remove graffiti, particularly in hotspots, as well as providing education and diversionary programs for young people.”
The Minister said WA Police were also focusing their efforts on graffiti and recently completed a successful two-week operation across Perth’s seven metropolitan districts.
“Operation Ksyrium involved police gathering intelligence and identifying hotspots and ‘tags’, as well as targeting and apprehending people who had been linked to graffiti offences,” he said.
“As a result, police charged 84 people with 183 offences. Nine people have been arrested and a further 54 have been summonsed.
“Following the success of this targeted operation, WA Police will continue to focus on offenders throughout the metropolitan districts in a bid to reduce the level of graffiti in the community.”
Mr Johnson said the Government will ensure anti-graffiti initiatives were properly funded and resourced.
“Under the Liberal-National Government, WA Police are better resourced than ever before, with hundreds of additional police officers out on the streets responding to anti-social behaviour and preventing crime such as graffiti,” he said.
“WA Police and crime prevention groups have made great inroads in the fight against graffiti and this Government will ensure they continue their excellent work.”
To report graffiti for removal or to provide police with information on an offender, contact the Goodbye Graffiti hotline on 1800 44 22 55 or visit http://www.goodbyegraffiti.wa.gov.au
Minister's office - 9222 9211
PDF Attachment: List of successful applicants in the latest round of graffiti grants.