Partnering with young people to tackle graffiti in Bentleigh

The Bentleigh community has received a grant under the Andrews Labor Government Graffiti Prevention Grants to develop projects to prevent graffiti vandalism in the local community.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos announced today that Glen Eira Council has been awarded $26,500 in this latest round of the Grants.

These grants are targeted to help local councils team up with community groups, police, schools and local businesses to deliver anti-graffiti projects.

Glen Eira Council will use the grant to help fund education programs delivered by Warner Youth Education at McKinnon Secondary College, Bentleigh Secondary College and St James College. The program will cover graffiti law, impact and consequences of graffiti, emotional and social motives of taggers, alternatives and peer strategies.

The grant will also fund two community murals at the Centre Road shops, including one on the side of Sportsgirl at the Bentleigh rotundas as part of Council’s Girl-Up Program.

It is one of 19 projects that will share in almost $420,000 in funding from this year’s round of Graffiti Prevention Grants.

Graffiti vandalism is costly for communities and property owners to remove and prevent, and affects the appearance and perceptions of safety of neighbourhoods.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“Graffiti vandals may think they’re not hurting anyone when they tag a wall or a building, but it can cost businesses, councils and property owners thousands of dollars to remove it.”

“We’re tackling graffiti at the local level by investing in projects like street-art murals, anti-graffiti education and mentoring programs with young people and vertical gardens.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“Graffiti is a crime that should be punished, but also prevented.”

“I am proud to be partnering with Glen Eira Council on local programs developed in collaboration with young people that will make a difference in stamping out graffiti.”

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