A $25,000 Andrews Labor Government grant will help fight graffiti vandalism and increase community confidence and safety in Portland, Casterton and Heywood.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced funding for the Glenelg Shire Council under the latest round of the government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants Program.
The ‘Don’t Take A Fence’ project combines a graffiti education program for young people, includes the installation of four community led murals and graffiti removal resources for public use to tackle graffiti in Portland, Casterton and Heywood.
Graffiti vandalism not only affects the appearance of neighbourhoods, it influences perceptions of public safety and is expensive to remove.
Funded projects include anti-graffiti education and diversionary initiatives, public artwork such as murals at graffiti hotspots, and community engagement activities to encourage residents to take pride in local public spaces.
These grants are another way that the government is supporting a safer Victoria by limiting the impacts of crime on the community through preventative rather than punitive measures.
In the 2016/17 State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in the Community Crime Prevention Program to help communities across Victoria tackle the root causes of crime.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney:
“Glenelg Shire Council will receive funding through the Graffiti Prevention Grants Program to help prevent illegal tagging and vandalism in Portland, Casterton and Heywood.”
“The ‘Don’t Take A Fence’ project will help to brighten up and increase perceptions of safety in Portland, Casterton and Heywood.”
“It’s great to see so many innovative graffiti prevention projects and the Andrews Labor Government will continue to support communities to build a cleaner, safer Victoria.”