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    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Newman, Quirk cleaning up graffitied railways

    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Saturday, August 04, 2012

    Newman, Quirk cleaning up graffitied railways

    Premier Campbell Newman and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk have heralded the start of a landmark partnership to tackle graffiti on the city’s vandalised rail corridors.

    The $500,000 partnership involves Queensland Rail joining Brisbane City Council and Queensland Police in their joint Taskforce Against Graffiti after years of refusal under the previous Bligh Labor Government.

    The new TAG partnership now means a greater co-ordination of graffiti removal and enforcement between the three organisations. This includes a greater focus on removing graffiti from the properties backing on to rail corridors, not just railway lines and stations.

    Premier Campbell Newman, who joined the Lord Mayor to help graffiti cleanup teams at Park Road train station today, said the partnership was a key part of his government’s tough stance on graffiti.

    “This was something I campaigned for when I was Lord Mayor and it’s great to see it finally happening as a result of the strong working partnership between our two governments,” Mr Newman said.

    “By working together, Queensland Rail and Brisbane City Council can better utilise their workers to clean more graffiti off private buildings, rather than working in isolation.

    “It’s just unfortunate it’s taken this long because of Labor’s petty games and desperation to put politics ahead of community safety.”

    The Taskforce Against Graffiti was originally established in 2008 as a partnership between Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Police Service to increase intelligence sharing between the two organisations in a bid to reduce graffiti by tackling the problem head on and arresting offenders, rather than just removing it.

    Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said this new strategic partnership with Queensland Rail was a key election promise of his and believed it was essential to dealing with the city’s graffiti-covered rail corridors, including the properties lining them.

    “As Lord Mayor I am determined to stamp out this ugly scourge and since the start of TAG we’ve removed almost 600,000 square meters of graffiti and charged 407 vandals with more than 13,000 offences,” Cr Quirk said.

    “However the former Bligh Labor Government’s refusal to include Queensland Rail in TAG meant both organisations had to work in isolation and ultimately left our rail corridors exposed. It was like fighting with one arm behind your back.

    “The Premier and I are both big believers in the broken window theory and this partnership sends a strong message to graffiti vandals that we’re united and will not tolerate this city’s rail corridors being vandalised.”

    Mr Newman said Queensland Rail painted over approximately 300,000 square metres of graffitied railway property surfaces along the City Network corridor in 2011/12, and approximately 12,000 square metres of private property walls abutting the corridor.