Joining forces to help shopfronts come clean

Canterbury Bankstown administrator Richard Colley, Campsie business owner Angela Qi Wang, Constable George Constantinou and the council’s graffiti removal staff at Campsie shopping centre.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | March 15th, 2017

CANTERBURY Bankstown Council has joined forces with police to crackdown on graffiti in the Campsie shopping centre.
Starting this Saturday, March 18, council staff will start removing graffiti from shopfronts along Beamish Street.
Campsie business owner, Angela Qi Wang, from Super Discount Store, welcomed the new initiative.
"I have wanted to do this for a while but I couldn't find the time or the money," she said.
"I'm so grateful the council is deciding to help wash away and paint over the graffiti around here."
Last year, the council removed graffiti from more than 900 sites across Canterbury-Bankstown.
Administrator Richard Colley said the crackdown was just one of the new projects which follows the success of the Clean-up Greenacre and Campsie campaigns.
"It's important our high use, and particularly highly visible, areas are clean and tidy," he said. "But it is pointless doing this work if the business and general community do not actively keep an eye out for people who want to spoil things for everyone.
"Our residents are our eyes and ears. Our officers and police can't be everywhere all the time, so if someone is seen doing the wrong thing, residents and businesses should call council or the police.
"Unfortunately, graffiti is a problem for all major cities but by working together, we can win the battle."
Mr Colley says that by working smarter and aligning internal systems and processes, the council is finding funds that can be put back into frontline services which benefits the entire community: "We have already achieved $3 million in savings, with a further $6 million to be realised by the end of the year."

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 126034 | Viewcount: 208