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16 February, 2022

Graffiti worst in Queensland

IN his recent visit to Mareeba, Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services Dale Last was horrified by the extent of graffiti in the town, stating it was the worst he had seen in all of Queensland.

“Clearly you have a major problem in this community, the extent of graffiti in this community is as bad as I’ve seen across this state, it’s horrendous,” he said. 

“That is one small step in an escalating problem that you are going to have in coming months. 

“If we don’t nip this in the bud now, then this community is likely to see the problem only get worse.” 

Painting over the graffiti as quickly as possible is one of Mr Last’s suggestions to help combat the issue and said businesses should work and support one another to make sure that could be done with minimal financial outlay. 

“First and foremost, paint out all of your graffiti within 24 hours, nothing hurts a graffiti vandal more than to see all of their hard work painted over within 24 hours,” he said. 

“We did this in Townsville, it took a lot of work, but we did it and it worked fantastically. 

“That needs to be across your business community – develop that in conjunction with your business owners who sell paint and cleaning products. 

“If business owners are going to them requesting products to paint over graffiti, they’re getting it at a discounted rate, so it becomes community ownership.”

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