Public gives up Sunday to remove graffiti

A small army of volunteers gathered at two Illawarra sites to do their bit in the battle against unsightly graffiti yesterday.

Dapto Rotary Club, in partnership with Wollongong City Council and Shellharbour City Council, organised the clean-up events as part of the statewide Graffiti Removal Day blitz.

A group of Rotarians were joined by members of the public to scrub graffiti off buildings at Kembla Grange and Albion Park Rail, team member Dennis McIlwain said.

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Heartened by the number of volunteers who put in a bit of elbow grease, Mr McIlwain said many also offered to lend a hand when the group's anti-graffiti trailer was up and running.

"We're focusing on the Dapto area to begin with, but because people are starting to recognise the need we're getting calls from as far away as Bulli, Corrimal and Shellharbour," he said.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell thanked volunteers across the state who gave a couple of hours to removing graffiti in their areas.

"Graffiti costs the community an estimated $100 million a year and it's a blight on local amenities," he said.

"The NSW Government has sent a strong message to graffiti vandals that their behaviour will not be tolerated by increasing penalties."

Attorney-General Greg-Smith said they were attention seekers.

To contact the Dapto Graffiti Hotline call 04 2136 5343.

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