Mayor, Gash continues to target graffiti in Nowra CBD
August 20, 2013
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has moved to correct a number of recent comments in the media regarding the Nowra CBD.
Mayor, Gash said the new Council has already demonstrated a stronger focus on the Nowra CBD saying a number of plans were in place to ensure the area remains inviting to shoppers.
The recently implemented strategies have seen an increase in the cleaning regime to include Sundays and a demonstrated improvement in the removal of graffiti from Council assets.
This focus has resulted in over 430 tags removed city-wide in the past financial year.
Further to this, the design for the replacement of the footpath in Berry Street is currently being finalised with works to begin later this year.
“Council is certainly working hard to ensure that graffiti is targeted within the Nowra CBD,” said Clr Gash.
“It is important to note that Council has made serious inroads in the removal of graffiti from Council assets.
“Much of the remaining visible graffiti within the CBD is on private property, making it difficult for Council to remove.”
Mayor, Gash said Council would be considering a report at its upcoming Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 3 September recommending the removal of over 180 tags from 83 separate businesses within the Nowra CBD.
“Council will consider taking the proactive step of using the organisation’s own resources in working with private property owners to remove graffiti within the CBD across the month of September,” said Clr Gash.
“It is important to note that Council has been encouraging local property owners to remove graffiti from their businesses for a long period of time.
“However, it certainly appears that Council undertaking this project off its own bat is the only way to guarantee its removal.”
As part of the proposed project Council would also be repainting bollards and seats within the Nowra CBD.
Mayor, Gash said Council would continue to focus on the Nowra CBD as she highlighted the short listing of the proposed multi storey car park facility under the Restart Illawarra project as a further example of this.
Residents wishing to report vandalism should call Council’s Graffiti Hotline on 44293821. For after hours emergency removal, please contact - 44293100.