Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres MP met with Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler and local Rotarian, Tess Hall to encourage the local community to register to take part in what’s shaping up to be a record breaking Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday, October 20.
“Anyone in Penrith who cares about the appearance of our community can get behind Graffiti Removal Day by joining the clean-up, promoting the day on social media or simply by telling their family and friends about it,” said Mr Ayres
“This year we are pleased to be joined by volunteers from Scouts Australia, Girl Guides NSW and Australian Men’s Shed Association (NSW Branch). However we still need more people to get involved.” Said Mr Keith Fulker, a local Rotarian.
The NSW Government had introduced new laws into parliament that would provide more flexibility for police when charging graffiti offenders.
The reforms are designed to encourage charging under the Graffiti Control Act so that the sanctions and remedies available under that Act, including graffiti clean-up orders, are used in more cases.
“Anyone over the age of 12 can get involved in the clean-up and all volunteers will be provided with training, graffiti removal equipment and protective gear on the day,” said Mr Ayres.
“Council welcomes everyone from school students to professionals and retirees to participate as graffiti affects people of all ages and walks of life” said Mr Fowler.
“I encourage residents and businesses to report graffiti by calling Penrith City Council’s free hotline 1800 022 182” said Mr Fowler
Graffiti Removal Day will take place on Sunday 20 October, between 930am and 3pm.
People can volunteer for Graffiti Removal Day by completing a registration form at www.graffitiremovalday.org.au or by registering on the day at one of the clean-up sites.