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$50,000 to combat vandalism in Grafton

The NSW Government has awarded Clarence Valley Council $50,000 to help the local community drive out vandals and reclaim ownership of a park that has been repeatedly damaged. Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis last week announced the funding which will help revitalise Bob Liddiard Park in South Grafton. “Like many ratepayers, I’ve been outraged by the senseless damage to Bob Liddiard Park which has left play equipment virtually unusable on a number of occasions,” said Mr Gulaptis. “This project will reinvigorate the park and make it harder for vandals to get away with damaging its facilities.” Council will create a modified playing field with goal posts to encourage more people to visit the park. It will also plant vegetation to ‘green screen’ surfaces that have been targeted by graffiti vandals. Using the park revitalisation project as an example, council will conduct an education campaign to show local businesses how they can combat graffiti using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles. Council will also distribute promotional material to encourage the community to report malicious damage to police.