THE State Government’s mandatory graffiti removal orders are having a big impact on the Gold Coast.
On the Coast alone, around 3,500 square metres of buildings and other structures have been repainted as part of the initiative.
The graffiti crime rate has been slashed by more than 25 per cent across the state since the new measures came into effect.
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Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said in addition to mandatory removal orders the Government increased the maximum sentence to seven years.
“Over the past year, 128 offenders have been ordered to perform 1,160 hours”, he said.
“Graffiti costs Queensland families a total of $200 million to clean up every year. It’s an ugly blight on any home, business or community’s image that we are determined to clean up.”
The move is part of the Government’s overall strategy to tackle crime.