Vandals made to clean up their act with new Qld Govt law
AFTER a spate of graffiti attacks and vandalism in the region, authorities and community leaders are pleased with a new law making offenders clean up their mess.
The new Graffiti Removal Order was implemented by the State Government yesterday, which will see young graffiti offenders fix their vandalism.
"It doesn't matter what vandals call it, graffiti is an act of vandalism and it's breaking the law," Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said.
"These young people have no respect for other people's property and it is only right they are made to clean up their mess.
"To make sure offenders are made to pay for their crimes, we will be introducing a mandatory community-based sentencing order called a Graffiti Removal Order.
"This new order will ensure graffiti offenders, both adult and juvenile, remove graffiti, participate in work that helps with its removal or at the very least clean up public places."
In the past month homes, business fronts, council property and schools have been affected by vandalism across the region.
Warwick Police Station officer-in-charge Stewart Day said the new law could help deter vandals.
"If offenders are made to clean up their graffiti through a Graffiti Removal Order we may see a reduction in these types of offences being committed," Senior Sergeant Day said.
"Warwick Police will however continue to target graffiti offenders with almost all recent incidents around town being solved.
"Numerous offenders both adult and juvenile have been charged for recent matters".
Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said it was good news for the community.
"Anything that stands to discourage vandalism must be seen as a good thing from the community's point of view," he said.
"Requiring vandals to be responsible for cleaning up the mess they make will hopefully lead to them accepting responsibility for their actions and realising the impact that it has on the amenity of our community."
The Warwick Police are currently appealing for any witnesses to recent graffiti in the St Mary's Primary School lower campus.
Any members of the public saw anyone acting suspiciously around the school on Tuesday night are urged to speak with police or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The sandstone pillars outside WIRAC have also been damaged recently.
WIRAC manager Don Warrener said they were not sure when the damage was done, which made it hard to report the incident to the police.