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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has joined forces with local Police to crackdown on graffiti in the Campsie CBD.
Administrator Richard Colley said Council officers will be removing graffiti from shopfronts along Beamish Street, starting this Saturday (18 March).
"This is just one of the new projects which we now have the capacity to fund after identifying savings, and follows on from the success of our Clean-up Greenacre and Campsie campaigns," Mr Colley said.
"By working smarter and aligning internal systems and processes, we’re finding more funds that can be put back into frontline services which benefits the entire community, including our businesses.
"We have already achieved $3 million in savings, with a further $6 million to be realised by the end of the year. While most of those savings will be reinvested in new infrastructure projects, which the community will have a say in shortly, programs like the Campsie CBD graffiti removal program are now possible."
Campsie business owner, Angela Qi Wang, from Super Discount Store, welcomed the new initiative.
"I have wanted to do this for a while but I couldn’t find the time or the money. I’m so grateful Council is deciding to help wash away and paint over the graffiti around here," she said.
Last year, Council removed graffiti from more than 900 sites across Canterbury-Bankstown.
"It’s important our high use, and particularly highly visible, areas are clean and tidy. But it is pointless doing this work if the business and general community do not actively keep an eye out for people who want to spoil things for everyone," Mr Colley said.
"Our residents are our eyes and ears. Our officers and police can’t be everywhere all the time, so if someone is seen doing the wrong thing, residents and businesses should call Council or the police.
"Unfortunately, graffiti is a problem for all major cities but by working together, we can win the battle."
16/03/2017 12:11 PM