The Rotary Club of Ryde is participating in the state government sponsored paint vandalism clean-up day in October. President Adrian is a nominated organizer for our area and he is working hard to make the day a success in Ryde.
As part of his role, Adrian needs to identify suitable sites for work on the day. I accompanied him early last Saturday on a tour of the city’s known “black-spots”. I was amazed that we struggled to find suitable sites for work. That’s not to say that paint vandalism has ceased. We found enough isolated work to keep the club’s energetic squad in business but there was a marked absence of highly visible vandalism.
In particular, the Ryde CBD remains remarkably free from this blight. PP Charles Kilby has noted this on other occasions; if we persist, they desist!
We all know how a mayor of New York City once took this strategy, employed a competent police executive and executed tactics based on the strategy with no compromise. I have read that it was an outstanding success and I have been told by recent visitors that the city is a far cry from the New York of old.
Paint vandalism has no place in our community and we are providing a valuable community service in demonstrating a part of the solution.
Past President, Geoff Brennan