- Monday 31 August 2015
A resource tailored to help schools, businesses and the community understand, manage and prevent graffiti vandalism was launched by Council today in conjunction with the annual Nambour Big Spring Clean.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said graffiti prevention was a challenge for all communities, including the Sunshine Coast.
“The solution to the problem is not up to any one group or agency, but the responsibility of every person and organisation,” Cr McKay said.
“To support a shared response to graffiti management, we have launched the Sunshine Coast Graffiti Action Toolkit as a resource tailored to help all levels of the community understand and manage graffiti vandalism.
“The Graffiti Action Toolkit presents an integrated approach to graffiti management applying three principles – Report, Remove and Prevent – to eradicate graffiti vandalism in our community.
“It contains a range of information and examples of ‘good practice’ in graffiti management and is designed for use by schools, community organisations, shop and property owners, small businesses and Council.”
At the launch of the Sunshine Coast Graffiti Action Toolkit, Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said after the success of the Drawn Together pilot project in Beerwah and Caloundra, he was pleased to announce the program was being delivered in Nambour.
“An objective of the Drawn Together Nambour program is to engage with the Nambour community and give them a sense of pride and ownership about the community they live in,” Cr Rogerson said.
“As part of Drawn Together, Council is working with young offenders who have engaged in graffiti and vandalism to educate them on the impacts of graffiti and also provide creative and mentoring opportunities for young people to get involved in best-practice legal street art processes and community events and activities.
“Through the Drawn Together initiative, Council has joined forces with local businesses to participate in the annual Nambour Big Spring Clean to remove illegal graffiti in designated areas.
“I would like to personally commend the Nambour Alliance and the broader community for their sense of pride and dedication to come together for the annual Big Spring Clean days.”
To enhance the existing cultural ambience in Nambour, Nambour Alliance and community have joined forces with Sunshine Coast Council’s Drawn Together program.
Rhonda Billett-Haire from Nambour Alliance said collaborating with the Drawn Together program in the third annual Big Spring Clean for Nambour was very significant for the community.
“We are digging deep, working with countless volunteers, community groups and past young offenders who will all roll up their sleeves and donate their time to give back to Nambour,” she said.
"Joining forces with the Drawn Together program will see the Nambour Alliance annual Big Spring Clean grow yet again, not just in size, but also involvement with so many community members wanting to make a difference in the township."
Visit Council’s website for more information and to download a copy of the Sunshine Coast Graffiti Action Toolkit.