Tweed Shire Council Mayor Warren Polglase has congratulated a group of young people for their plans to tackle graffiti head-on at community clean-up day Tweed Heads on Saturday 28 August.

Around 100 volunteers from the Tweed Valley Community Church and five local high schools will join forces to remove unsightly graffiti at three sites around Tweed Heads South on Saturday.

Three crews will use council equipment to clean up sites Boyds Bay Bridge, the bypass bridge and the skate park at Tweed Heads South at the ‘For the Love of Tweed Community Clean-up Day’.

Students from Tweed River High School, Banora Point High School, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Pacific Coast Christian School and St Joseph’s College have volunteered to assist.

“I think this is a marvellous initiative and shows that our young people are community-minded and up for a challenge, not matter how daunting it may seem,” Councillor Polglase said.

“Instead of just complaining about the graffiti problem, these young church members and students from five local high schools are rolling up their sleeves to do something about it – as they say, ‘For the Love of Tweed’.

“Council has joined forces to assist with the community clean-up by providing training in graffiti removal and safety issues, as well as supplying equipment such as brushes, graffiti removal products and paint.”

Co-ordinator Samara Gray from the Tweed Heads South-based Tweed Valley Community Church said she and her fellow church members believed they had a responsibility to look after the community, as well as each other.

“It’s about honour as well – teaching the young ones to respect property, and they get this from a sense of ownership,” Ms Gray said.

PICTURES: Tweed River High students Jamie Durnford, Jason Winsor, Lewis Fisher and Jack Maclean have volunteered to help the Tweed Valley Community Church’s Anthony Kypreous; Mayor of Tweed Councillor Warren Polglase ready to get his hands dirty removing graffiti at the Tweed Heads Skate Park with Tweed Valley Community Church’s Anthony Kypreous and youth pastor, Sam Spry.