Australia’s anti-Dazzy sticker campaign has been described as the most popular anti-vandalism campaign in the world, but not everyone is convinced that the government’s approach to the scourge of graffiti is the best way forward.
More: The Australia Post has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the graffiti menace, with stickers on almost every wall, window and door in Australia.
“The biggest threat to Australia’s infrastructure and economy is graffiti,” said Australia Post chief executive officer, David Wilson.
He said the campaign, which has raised more than $600,000 in funding from the government, was designed to help reduce the graffiti problem by educating people about the dangers of graffiti and deterring people from vandalising.
“It’s been an exciting challenge and I’m proud to be involved in it,” Mr Wilson said.
A key part of the campaign involves posting a picture of a sticker, or “dazzling”, on the wall of a building, and encouraging people to see it.
“We’re hoping people can take a moment to reflect on the dangers graffiti poses and take action to stop it from happening,” Mr Scott said.
“By using our own anti-graffiti stickers, we are helping reduce the problem in one fell swoop.”
The campaign is also targeting those who have taken part in graffiti attacks.
The government has been cracking down on the graffiti that has been plaguing Sydney’s CBD, where graffiti and graffiti-related incidents have risen in recent months.
This year alone, graffiti has caused $20 million in damage, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
There have been more than 1,500 graffiti incidents in the city, including a fatal attack on a taxi driver on February 28.
Mr Wilson said he was pleased with the success of the Australian anti-Graffiti campaign, and hopes it will be replicated in other areas of the country.
“This is a big step forward for the graffiti campaign and I think we are starting to see some really positive results in terms of the number of people who have come forward,” he said.
Mr Wilson says the campaign has not been easy.
It is a job that he had been working on for a number of years and it was a lot more difficult and more time-consuming than what he anticipated,” he told the ABC.
There is no doubt that graffiti is a threat to infrastructure and that the Australian Government must work with us to reduce the damage graffiti does to our country and our communities.””
[Graffiti] has been the cause of many deaths and is one of the biggest challenges to infrastructure,” he added.
“There is no doubt that graffiti is a threat to infrastructure and that the Australian Government must work with us to reduce the damage graffiti does to our country and our communities.”
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