GRAFFITI. Some see it as artistic expression but most see it as a scourge on our city.
Whichever way you see it, it's an expensive issue with Ipswich City Council setting aside nearly $390,000 to get rid of it over the next year.
In his budget speech this week, Mayor Paul Pisasale said zero tolerance of graffiti vandalism remained a priority for his council.
This year, the mayor said, the council had aimed to remove offensive graffiti within one business day.
"It's our number one priority to get rid of it and to stamp out and catch the people who are doing it," he said.
"It breaks my heart and it breaks the community's heart. For people doing it, it's not cool and if you see someone doing it, call that Crime Stoppers number. It's about time we start catching people and treating it as a serious crime.
"It's a crime against the person and property.
"We also encourage everyone to report graffiti to our customer service centre anytime."
Council infrastructure chief Cr Cheryl Bromage said the council was committed to ensuring the effects of graffiti were wiped out.
"Graffiti is unpleasant to see and is known to make an area, suburb or neighbourhood feel unsafe and unruly," Cr Bromage said.
"Council is committed to the rapid removal and prevention of graffiti throughout the city.
"We have available graffiti clean-up kits for residents and also a graffiti removal trailer which is available free of charge to anyone in need throughout Ipswich and in particular to community groups to clean up graffiti in their area.
"The trailer has all of the necessary equipment to clean graffiti effectively and can be booked by contacting council on 3810 6666."
She said the kits were available free at all divisional offices and the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre in Queens Park.
One free kit is available each financial year to each resident.
Council has partnered with the Queensland Government on the GraffitiSTOP initiative which was a rapid zero tolerance response to graffiti.
Cr Bromage said the community could provide information about graffiti incidents in the following ways:
Call 1300 Graffiti (1300 472 334) to log an incident between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
SMS what you know to 1300 Graffiti (1300 472 334) - 24/7.
Report offences at graffitistop.com.au
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