Grants Awarded To Help Wipe Out Illegal Graffiti

Twenty councils around Victoria will receive grants of up to $30,000 to help stamp out illegal graffiti and keep Victorian public spaces safe and inviting thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Crime Prevention Frank McGuire today announced that the successful recipients of the 2019–20 Graffiti Prevention Grants program will share in more than $455,000.

Under the grants program, councils were able to apply for funding under two streams.

The first stream is for developing graffiti management strategies in consultation with local communities. The second stream will support prevention and removal activities, including environmental design initiatives, anti-graffiti coatings, vertical gardens and public murals.

Mr McGuire made the announcement in Broadmeadows, with the Hume City Council set to receive $30,000 to develop a plan tackling graffiti hot spots in the area. The council is also providing more than $12,000 towards the plan.

The Hume area has seen a rise in graffiti removal costs, with graffiti prevention and removal identified as an important issue for local residents.

Other successful projects funded under the 2019–20 Graffiti Prevention Grants program include new educational materials about ways to remove graffiti, community art workshops, public murals, landscaping and graffiti removal kits.

The Labor Government has provided nearly $2.2 million in funding to support 111 graffiti prevention grant projects since 2015.

The grants are part of the government’s Community Crime Prevention Program, which supports local communities to prevent crime and improve community safety.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Crime Prevention Frank McGuire

“Improving the look of our neighbourhoods helps Victorians feel safer and that’s exactly what these grants will do.”

“I look forward to seeing the results of the projects supported by these grants and the positive changes they’ll have on communities around Victoria.”