27 June 2017
The Lord Mayor has today put graffiti offenders on notice, launching a crackdown on the vandalism after a one-third rise in the number of tags appearing in Brisbane last year.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that graffiti vandalism on public infrastructure was costing the city millions in repairs each year, diverting funds away from other potential facilities and programs for Brisbane residents.
“Last year Council spent $4 million removing more than 83,000 graffiti tags and replacing public infrastructure that was damaged by graffiti vandalism,” Cr Quirk said.
“This is up from 60,000 tags the previous financial year, with the suburbs of West End, Brisbane City and South Brisbane experiencing the largest numbers of tags.
“Every dollar that is spent removing graffiti or replacing damaged public infrastructure is money that could have otherwise been invested in other benefits for Brisbane residents.”
Cr Quirk said that thanks to Council’s Taskforce Against Graffiti, offenders were being made to pay for their crimes.
“Last year, 119 vandals were charged with 3,774 charges and Council continues to record tags that are used as evidence by Police,” he said.
“We are a city that embraces street art and public murals, but graffiti is where public or private property is painted without approval, and we are committed to putting a stop to it.
“Last year Council installed seven large murals on public infrastructure such as overpasses, rail stations and on graffiti-prone buildings.
Cr Quirk said that residents could play their part in helping keep a vibrant graffiti-free city.
“Brisbane residents play a vital role in helping Council identify graffiti tags quickly, so they can be prioritised for removal, discouraging further graffiti,” he said.
“Unfortunately in some of our graffiti hotspots like West End and South Brisbane, residents are simply not reporting graffiti, however, in suburbs like Bowen Hills and Forest Lake, residents have been very proactive.
“We have 11 graffiti management teams out across our city every day, keeping public spaces graffiti-free using tip-offs from residents and working with businesses and private property owners to remove graffiti.”
“Council also works closely with Police, Queensland Rail, Department of Transport and Main Roads and community groups such as PCYCs and the Brisbane Skateboarding Association to focus on prevention and removal of graffiti,” he said.
For more information, or to report graffiti, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.