Call to install CCTV cameras in Oatley Park to combat graffiti vandalism

In a move to prevent an ongoing vandalism blitz at Oatley Park, Georges River Council has been asked to consider the installation of solar lights with CCTV at the site.

A Notice of Motion presented by Councillor Rita Kastanias at the November 25 Council meeting called for the installation of solar lights and CCTV at the playground and park.

It follows an attack on the new $1.4 million Adventure Playground by graffiti vandals shortly after it opened in September causing a hefty clean-up bill.

Georges River Council spends approximately $200,000 a year on graffiti removal and prevention and removed 3,500 graffiti tags in the local government area during the past 12 months.

The council would need $53,000 to fund in installation made up of $25,0000 for CCTV and $28,000 for the lights at Oatley Park.

Cr Kastanias also called for the council to write to David Coleman, the Federal Member for Banks seeking funding for the solar lighting with cameras.

The installation of CCTV and solar lighting is consistent with the Georges River Council Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 which supports initiatives that improve public safety and accessibility in the local government area.

The installation of CCTV and related lighting at Oatley Park Adventure Playground will be reviewed and considered as part of the development of the Community Safety Plan which will identify council's role in improving safety in the Georges River.

The Community Safety Plan is currently under development.

Georges River Council has also been asked to look at establishing additional graffiti removal sites throughout the local government area.

In another Notice of Motion, presented by Cr Sandy Grekas at the November 25 council meeting, the council was asked to seek approval to access state-owned property within the local government area to paint murals at graffiti hot spots.

This follows the success of mural works by the council and local school children on an amenities block at Carss Park which was unveiled on National Graffiti Day on October 27.

Last week the mural was named was named "Best Mural" in the 2019 Graffiti Removal Awards.