Cr Diane Woods and Mark Shartrand inspect some graffiti in Byron Bay. The pair wants the community to get behind an anti-graffiti campaign for the Byron Shire.
Cr Diane Woods and Mark Shartrand inspect some graffiti in Byron Bay. The pair wants the community to get behind an anti-graffiti campaign for the Byron Shire.

Writing's on the wall for graffiti

Diane Woods hates graffiti.

“I hate it with a passion,” the Byron Shire councillor said.

“And it's growing like cancer all over the shire.”

Determined to do something about the issue, Cr Woods successfully moved a notice of motion at a recent Byron Council meeting for the council to support a program called Adopt-A-Street.

She said it had been shown that anti-graffiti efforts reduced petty crime such as break and enter by 50 per cent.

“This has been the experience in the south-west suburbs of Brisbane following the establishment of an anti-graffiti group, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jindalee,” Cr Woods said.

“The Brisbane City Council provided money and some paint to assist the group and as a result other community groups were contacted and the local papers supported the anti-graffiti actions.”

“Byron Shire has seen graffiti grow in the past couple of years.

“Let's get rid of it.”

Cr Woods said interested community groups and individuals could adopt a street or an area and help to remove the graffiti.

South Golden Beach resident Mike Shartrand said the Adopt-A-Street was a wonderful community project.

“Through a leadership program I am undertaking with Landmark Education I hope to help galvanise the community in this anti-graffiti program,” he said.

“I want to reach out to individuals and community groups to get involved with this worthwhile project.

If you would like to be a part of the anti-graffiti program, Mr Shartrand can be contacted on 0423 866 821.


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