How Wellington will fight tagging
TRANSPORT AND METRO REPORTER
Greater Wellington regional council has endorsed a strategy to combat taggers over the next five years.
The council’s Social and Cultural Wellbeing Committee today threw their unanimous support behind the Draft Wellington Regional Graffiti Prevention Strategy 2013-2017.
The councils and agencies who sign up will be expected to share data, work together to promptly remove graffiti and educate the community on how to prevent it.
The document identifies shared funding streams as an example of collaboration.
The Wellington and Hutt Valley city councils are the only other territorial authorities that have put their names on the draft document so far, alongside KiwiRail, Metlink, Wellington Electricity and the police.
It will be discussed at a forum of the region’s mayors in late November, where others will have the chance to get on board before the document is finalised.
Several regional councillors have also requested an internal report be done that clearly defines Greater Wellington’s role within the strategy and how much it will cost them.
Councillor Peter Glensor said Greater Wellington’s parks, trains and railway stations were prime targets for graffiti.
The heat is already going on taggers in some areas of the Wellington region.
The Stop Tags computer database, which logs pictures and details of reported tags, has been adopted by Wellington, Porirua and Hutt city councils.
The Hutt City Council (Graffiti Removal) Bill, which would empower the council to remove from private property graffiti visible from a public place, has also survived two readings in Parliament.
Wellington City Council has spent about $600,000 per year on graffiti, with an estimated 2500 offences reported, while
Lower Hutt has spent an estimated $500,000 per year.
An estimated $5 million is spent on graffiti removal in the Wellington region each year.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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