Warning as graffiti costs mount
VANDALISM and graffiti costs the Gympie region tens of thousands of dollars each year in repairs - and it is a problem that is not going away any time soon.
In fact, Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday the problem appeared to be on the rise.
"I would just like to remind would-be vandals that they're being watched and harsh penalties do apply," Cr Dyne said.
"People who damage public property can be charged under the criminal justice system and we've had cases where offenders have been forced to do solid community service as a result.
"With more CCTV surveillance cameras in place, would-be offenders should definitely think twice.
"They will get caught," he said.
Cr Dyne said the council's infrastructure services team dealt with road and park vandalism and graffiti, and unfortunately it had a regular program of work removing graffiti from places like public toilets and replacing damaged or stolen signs.
"Highly-visible obscene and offensive graffiti is dealt with as a priority, often within 24 hours," he said.
"Another priority is damage to regulatory signage, which can be a matter of public safety.
"This sort of work is just an absolute waste of money and resources, but we do it because we're committed to the presentation of our region.
"We'd like to think those who graffiti and vandalise could get real, stop costing their community money and instead take the same pride in the place we all call home."
To report vandalism or graffiti, contact the council on 1300 307 800 or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.