Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
THE City of Cockburn has stepped up the fight against graffiti, introducing an initiative so community members can help remove unwanted scrawls and tags.

Free graffiti-removal kits, containing a pair gloves, three single Safewipe pouches and three single Afterwipe pouches, remove graffiti from nearly all types of surfaces and are easy to use.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the city worked hard to remove graffiti right across the district and the new DIY kits could help make the region more beautiful.

“Graffiti is a costly and unsightly presence and prompt graffiti removal is seen as best practice because it diminishes the level of recognition and reward achieved by graffiti vandals,” he said.

“We want Cockburn to remain an attractive place to live and visit and getting the community involved in graffiti removal is a great way of finding a local solution to a local problem.

“These graffiti wipes can be kept in your bag or at home so, if you’re out and about and spot some graffiti, you can easily remove it by giving it a rub.”

Under the City of Cockburn’s graffiti policy, offensive graffiti will be removed within two working days after being reported to the council and five working days if non-offensive.

The City of Cockburn is also one of only a few local councils that removes graffiti from residential homes at no cost.

If the graffiti is too large, or cannot be removed using the wipes, call the graffiti hotline on (08) 9411 3444 or email [email protected]

Graffiti removal kits are available free-of-charge at local Cockburn libraries, the City of Cockburn administration building and community safety services office. For more information, call (08) 9411 3641.

grafiitiwipes1-2.jpeg: City of Cockburn Community Safety Coordinator Shirley Elliott and Community Safety Services Officer Mandy Symons demonstrate the new graffiti-removal kits.

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9411 3551


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