Footbridge over Maroondah Highway - Graffiti

Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — (12 367) My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Paul from my electorate of Ringwood asks: when will the minister act to ensure that the footbridge across the Maroondah Highway next to the Coach and Horse hotel and adjacent to EastLink is cleared of graffiti? The footbridge is one of the main things that drivers see as they head east on the Maroondah Highway into Ringwood, and it is one of the last things they see when they are heading west. This is a gateway into what is a growing and vibrant hub of metropolitan Melbourne and a major activity centre, and the people of Ringwood do not want graffiti signalling the disrespect and disregard shown to them by vandals. That is what people see when they enter that great suburb. They also do not want to be looking at it as a constant reminder of that disrespect and vandalism that has been inflicted. Research shows that graffiti is best removed as soon as possible after vandals have committed their crime. That is why the former government instituted anti-graffiti activities on the Eastern Freeway, where graffiti was removed promptly and which significantly curtailed the blight that had become prolific over a short of time.