Graffiti Action Day

Twenty Rotary Club volunteers from two graffiti clean-up teams combined to remove 203 square metres of graffiti in the Sydney suburb of Turramurra on May 2. Joining with the volunteers was Federal Member for Bradfield, Paul Fletcher, the State Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, and the head of the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), Russell Zimmerman.

The aim of the day was to show support for the NSW government-backed Graffiti Action Day, an initiative of the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign. Roger Norman, the Rotary organiser who started the clean-up campaign, recently signed up three local groups to help. Each group has received a $4,000 grant and a motorised water blaster from Ku-ring-gai Council. Neighbouring Rotary teams have also taken up the challenge.

Participant and Turramurra Hardware retailer, Donald Wormald, said it was gratifying to see industry heavyweights such as Dulux and Rokset supporting Rotary’s efforts and urged others in the industry to do likewise. The initiative came as pressure to ban the sale spray paint cans is being debated in parliament. With this in mind, The Australian Retailers’ Association’s Yvonne Anderson is looking into the problem with the view to getting retailers, manufacturers and industry associations to combine in an effort to come up with practical solutions and assistance to rid the environment of the blight that is called graffiti.