Devonport City Council has adopted a Graffiti Management Policy and Plan which will see a whole of community approach to tackling this increasing issue.
The policy, which was born out of concerns raised by members of the Devonport Community Safety & Liaison Group facilitated by Council and the general public, is one of many initiatives that will be implemented by Council in the coming months to address graffiti and vandalism.
The Graffiti Management Plan will be used to minimise the impact of graffiti and related issues within the City of Devonport; building an integrated approach to graffiti management where the local community plays an active role in graffiti prevention and removal. Council will engage local residents and businesses in the implementation of this plan to reduce the incidence of graffiti across Devonport.
Council has implemented a Vandalism Education program in primary and secondary schools. The program includes graffiti education, and a smiliar program run in the City of Casey in Victoria has seen an 85% reduction in the incidence of new graffiti over three years.
The youth development program focusses on informing and educating all Year 5 and Year 8 students on the consequences of undertaking vandalism/graffiti/tagging and reducing the occurrence of new vandalism/graffiti through professional delivery of the program specifically designed in consultation with Council Officers. The program aims to provide the students with an understanding of the physical and mental costs of vandalism/graffiti/tagging to them, the school, and the community. This program is funded through the Australian Government's Attorney General's Department until April 2012. It also includes provision for Council staff to work with student groups within schools, promoting anti-vandalism awareness projects and encouraging students to take ownership of their school and community.