THOMAS GEORGE WELCOMES GET TOUGH ON GRAFFITI VANDALS

THOMAS GEORGE WELCOMES GET TOUGH ON GRAFFITI VANDALS

1 June 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today applauded moves by the NSW Government giving courts the power to disqualify a graffiti vandals driver’s licence.

The measure introduced in new legislation in Parliament today honours another election commitment by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

Mr George said graffiti was a problem in many areas, including public buildings and infrastructure.

“The public are sick and tired of waking up to find buses, schools, fences and other buildings marred by ugly graffiti tags,” said Mr George.

“It’s costing the community more than $100 million a year.

“Under this legislation magistrates will be empowered to put offenders on licence restrictions, reduce the offender’s number of demerit points or disqualify them from driving altogether.”

The NSW Government will:

Mr George said requiring juveniles to appear before a court for a graffiti offence will send a strong message that damaging or defacing property is not a trivial matter.

“Any parent of young adults knows, there’s nothing more valuable to young people than their driver’s licence.

“The introduction of stronger penalties for offenders and a scheme to ensure graffiti is promptly detected and removed will discourage vandals, improve public safety and build community pride,’’ Mr George.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577