The true cost of graffiti

Last weekend, our popular Blaxland Riverside Park playground was vandalised with offensive graffiti. Many patrons commented to our rangers on the day – really it was hard to miss – but most comments were about catching the vandals who had damaged a great community asset that is used by so many families.

Graffiti vandalism significantly affects individuals and the community. The removal and prevention of graffiti vandalism is very costly to the community and we regret that we need to spend taxpayers money as a result of this malicious act.

Our challenge was to quickly remove the graffiti that was sprayed across so many different surfaces – rubberised soft fall, synthetic turf, timber seats, concrete seats and metal surfaces – without damaging the valued play space that needs to stand up to very high usage levels. The first step was to photograph the tags, which were given to the police, and then to cover them altogether so that the vandals could not relish in their work.

Then, with the help of experienced graffiti removal specialists EnviroChoice Industries, we were able to remove the graffiti and return the playground back to its original state – all be it with a few ‘extra clean’ spots.

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Executive Manager, Community Engagement & Communications at Sydney Olympic Park Authority

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