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Help Councils Wipe Out Graffiti Hotspots

28 July 2015

The fight against ugly illegal graffiti has received a boost after the Andrews Labor Government announced councils could apply for grants of up to $25,000 to deter vandals.

Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll today urged Victoria’s councils to apply for the cash under the Labor Government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants Program.

Mr Carroll made the announcement at the official launch of the Welcome to Huntingdale project - an eye-catching mural at Huntingdale railway station commissioned by Monash City Council with funding from the Victorian Government.

Under the grants program, councils and community groups working together can receive up to $25,000 for projects that prevent graffiti vandalism.

Graffiti vandalism not only affects the appearance of neighbourhoods, it influences perceptions of public safety and is expensive to remove.

Eligible projects include murals and public art at graffiti hotspots, programs to educate young people against illegal graffiti and Adopt-a-Space or Care-for-an-Area programs.

The Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $5.8 million investment in community crime prevention, aimed at tackling crime and its root causes.

Applications close at 4pm Friday 18 September and can be submitted online via the Community Crime Prevention website, crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/graffitigrants

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll

We want councils and the community to come up with innovative ideas to stop ugly and illegal graffiti vandalism.’’

“The Welcome to Huntingdale project is a prime example of how council and communities can develop ideas to prevent vandalism.”

“These grants will make Victoria’s local communities even better places to live and visit.”

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