VOLUNTEERS at Rye are working with police and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council on a plan to wipe out graffiti that has become an eyesore in the central business area.
Mechelle Cheers, of Rye Community Group Alliance, said businesses and property owners had a hard time keeping up with the removal of graffiti and tags.
On Tuesday 3 May alliance members, business and property owners, football and netball clubs and community members, along with councillors Sarah Race and Susan Bissinger, met with police officer Michelle Bradley, shire officers, graffiti removalist Graham Saville and street artist Trent Downie to discuss what could be done.
Suggested solutions ranged from increasing the number of CCTV cameras in graffiti hot spots, extra police patrols, reporting through the snap-send-solve app, identifying tags through a data base, rapid removal of the graffiti and tagging and selective use of street art.
Cheers said there was strong support for developing a strategy involving the shire, community and police working together to deal with the current spate of tagging.
The meeting finished with the removal of graffiti from hot spots in Campbell Lane, Napier Street and a beach box.