THE CITY of Gold Coast has launched a brand new Graffiti Prevention Education Program in the hope of educating young locals about the serious effect graffiti has on the community, the environment and offenders themselves.
Mayor Tom Tate said recent figures showed that the City’s suite of graffiti management strategies were having a significant impact but there was still work to be done.
“Our graffiti management program is tackling graffiti and we’re seeing the results. Three years ago, more than 15,000 cases of graffiti were reported to the hotline. In 2013-14, this has more than halved to 7000,” Cr Tate said.
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“I’d like to see this downward trend continue and that’s why we’re bringing graffiti awareness into the school curriculum. Graffiti is a crime that affects us all, it’s important to educate all people including young people about the potential personal and community consequences.”
The program consists of 14 curriculum aligned lesson plans covering all levels of schooling, from Foundation to Year 12. It is now available for use by teachers and the broader community on the City’s website cityofgoldcoast.com.au/graffiti.