Graffiti Removal Day lets us love where we live

Wipe out: Georges River Council mayor Kevin Greene is encouraging residents to get involved in Graffiti Removal Day. Picture: Chris Lane
Wipe out: Georges River Council mayor Kevin Greene is encouraging residents to get involved in Graffiti Removal Day. Picture: Chris Lane

St George residents are being encouraged to get involved in Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday, October 21

This year’s Graffiti Removal Day has the theme Let’s Love Where We Live!

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene is encouraging everyone to get involved by volunteering on the day.

“This year, Georges River Council has designed a mural, which will be stencilled onto a wall located at 195 Hurstville Road, Oatley, a location regularly vandalised with tags and requiring ongoing maintenance from our Graffiti Removal Crews,” Cr Greene said.

“The theme of the mural is based on James Oatley, an early landowner and well known clockmaker from the local area.

“Public art can effectively reduce graffiti vandalism as well as instil a sense of pride and ownership with the community, aligning well with this year’s theme, ‘Love where we live’”, he said.

Graffiti Removal Day Chairman Bob Aitken said that last year across NSW over 1,800 volunteers removed more than 30,050 square-metres of graffiti from nearly 500 sites.

“We hope this year will be even bigger and better,” Mr Aitken said.

“Rotary Australia, Scouts Australia NSW, Girl Guides NSW and ACT and the Australian Air Force Cadets are committed to combating graffiti, which is why we are proud to be working with the NSW Government, Graffiti Removal Australia and great sponsors such as Dulux and Selleys on this event,” he said.

“By taking action in your street, your suburb, or your city we can all Love Where We Live by making sure our place is one to be proud of.”

To register as a volunteer email Georges River Council’s Business Operations Project Officer Georgina O’Neill via goneill@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au and detail the number of volunteers, full names and contact details by close of business Friday, October 19.

Minimum age for participation is 12 years. Volunteers will be supplied with materials, including paint, safety equipment and training.

People who cannot make it on the Day can still support the event by promoting it on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #GRD18 and #LoveWhereWeLive.

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