New service makes it easier to report graffiti

GLADSTONE Regional Council is hoping a hotline and mobile app where the public can report graffiti will help rid the region of unsightly vandalism.

Funded by the Queensland Government, the app provides a simple avenue through which people can report graffiti, including offender information.

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Users can pinpoint the precise location of the graffiti on a map, upload a photo and text the wording to Crime Stoppers in one simple process.

The information will then be passed on to the relevant authorities.

Environment portfolio spokesman Councillor Col Chapman said the council supported any initiative to eliminate graffiti.

He said graffiti created unnecessary costs and tarnished the natural beauty of the area.

"Council's parks and environment crews have downloaded the GraffitiSTOP mobile phone app for reporting purposes.

"It makes graffiti reporting much quicker and simpler, which in turn provides a more rapid response for graffiti removal within the community."

Under Council's protocol, offensive graffiti is removed immediately.

Tags are removed once reported to the police, and if they are not identifiable, are removed once Council is given police approval to do so.

Other graffiti is generally removed within one week.

Report graffiti by phoning GraffitiSTOP on 1300 472 334 or through the website www.graffitistop.com.au.



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