Roads and Maritime Services cleans up for Graffiti Removal Day 2017

27 October 2017

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson today announced graffiti will be removed from various roads and bridges across NSW in support of Graffiti Removal Day this Sunday.

Graffiti vandalism costs the state wide community more than $100 million every year.

“Roads are one of the state’s most important assets and it is disappointing to see a minority in the community are risking their safety to vandalise noise walls, concrete barriers and other structures along roads,” the spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime will this year focus its efforts on cleaning up graffiti in Sydney on the M4 Motorway, the Hume Highway, Great Western Highway and Narellan Road.

“In the Hunter the focus will be on the M4 Motorway, Pacific Highway and Central Coast Highway and in the Illawarra it will be on the M1 Princes Motorway.”

The spokesperson said in addition to taking part in the annual campaign, Roads and Maritime uses a number of design techniques to reduce the opportunities for vandals.

“Anti-graffiti coatings are used on assets which may be accessible to vandalism and surveillance may be in place to further deter illegal acts.

“Where possible, vegetation is used to form a screen and prevent access to surfaces which may be vandalised.

“Murals and concrete walls with textures and images are also strategically placed to reduce the risk of graffiti.”

The spokesperson said community members are encouraged to visit the Graffiti Removal Day website and volunteer to clean up approved sites.

“Last year across NSW more than 1500 volunteers removed about 21,000 square metres of graffiti from 460 sites.

“Community members can make a difference by completing a registration form at Graffiti Removal Day.

Media: ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES MEDIA UNIT 9462 6299 media@rms.nsw.gov.au  facebook.com/NSWRoads

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