Division 4 candidate Grant Vandersee wants to clean up the graffiti problem in Booval if elected.
Division 4 candidate Grant Vandersee wants to clean up the graffiti problem in Booval if elected. Sarah Harvey

Suburb defaced by tags

DIVISION 4 candidate Grant Vandersee wants to clean the streets of Booval of graffiti if he tops the poll in Saturday's Ipswich City Council election.

The candidate said Bergin St in the traditional Ipswich suburb was the perfect example of how unsightly tags had ruined the appearance of a leafy street.

Mr Vandersee proposed a graffiti squad, tasked with cleaning up the city's unwanted spray can scrawl from private fences and public spaces.

He envisaged the task force would immediately respond to complaints of graffiti.

"It may need to be removed repeatedly over time but if that's what's required to keep our community looking good for all people, then so be it. A zero tolerance approach to graffiti may be our best shot," he said.

"The police do an excellent job, but unfortunately they haven't always received the support that they need."

After talking with police at the scene of another stolen and dumped vehicle last week, Mr Vandersee said police had expressed concern over the recurring crimes.

"If elected, I vow to work closely with new Member for Ipswich Ian Berry to ensure that the local police receive the manpower and resources necessary to look after the residents and the community.

"I encourage people to get behind their local Neighbourhood Watch groups, and to be on the lookout for any crimes in the area, particularly stolen vehicles and unlawful graffiti, both on private and public property."

Council issues have never been too far from Mr Vandersee, with his father and grandfather serving a combined 30 years on the Crows Nest Shire, which is now amalgamated with Toowoomba.

He said family conversations often referred to town politics.

The Redbank resident has lived in Ipswich for 12 years and decided to run for the seat when sitting councillor Trevor Nardi announced his retirement.

He praised the former councillor for his work in the community.



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