The Property Council of Australia (ACT) held a roundtable this week with Property Council members and Canberra Urban Parks and Places (“CUPP”) to discuss the issue of graffiti in Canberra and how property owners could be more proactive.
The roundtable was organised to allow the Property Council to respond to the draft Graffiti Management Strategy. The Plan contains five main elements – prevention, removal, diversion, community awareness and education and legislation.
“The Property Council recognises that graffiti is becoming an ever increasing and expensive problem in Canberra, said Romilly Madew, Executive Director, property Council of Australia (ACT).
“The Property Council has been working with Canberra Urban Parks and Places to identify areas where the property and development industry can be more proactive in the fight against graffiti.
“Evidence suggests that removing unwanted graffiti quickly will reduce the peer recognition that comes from a graffiti tag remaining for a long period of time - thereby reducing some of the incentive to tag or cross-tag.
“An additional bonus of removing graffiti quickly is protecting the visual amenity.
“The Roundtable agreed that the ACT Government had a responsibility to maintain public assets and some private assets such as fences that are both visible and accessible from public land.
“Further, the Roundtable agreed that the onus should be on building owners to remove graffiti from their own premises not the ACT Government.
“Other initiatives discussed included;
- Using protective coatings on building walls,
- Using construction site hoarding as legal sites for graffiti artists,
- Development of designated graffiti panels in association with youth groups,
- Importance of educating building owners,
- Maintaining and using the Graffiti Hotline,
- Working more closely with ACT Police, and
- Establishing a tag register.
“Further, the Property Council will work closely with City Heart and other business organisations in an endeavour to increase awareness amongst small business about preventative measures to deter unwanted graffiti tagging activity.
Actions from the Roundtable will be distributed to Property Council members for comment.
Romilly Madew 02 6248 6902 or 0412 062 157