Why maintenance matters in the City and Braddon District

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

Keeping the streets of the Canberra City and Braddon district clean is no easy feat – as our trusty team of city cleaners know all too well!

For years, these committed crusaders have patrolled the streets, relying on levy payers’ money to fund their daily expeditions to remove graffiti from privately owned premises, colonnades and walkways including the colonnades of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings. The work In The City Canberra (ITCC) team members do in this sense complements the cleaning efforts of City Services, whose remit does not include cleaning of privately owned buildings or associated structures.

Although the work ITCC team does may go unnoticed, testament to their efforts is the statistic that one item of graffiti is removed every day of the year – that’s 365 forms of graffiti removed over the 12 months! Imagine if these were left to accumulate over next three years – what impact would this have on public perceptions of our Nations’ Capital?

In addition to graffiti, ITCC also takes responsibility for cleaning beneath privately owned awnings and footpaths, going out 5 days a week with a scrubber to remove extra spills and stains from our pavements.

Speaking of the work ITCC’s team of cleaners does is ITCC Ranger, Lyndon Cox, who says “we want our visitors to have a positive experience when they come into the city centre. By having clean and safe areas we can achieve this, and they are more likely to return.”

“Our small but important maintenance initiatives adds to the cleaning funded by the public purse. If its not clean, this poses the risk to people complaining and not returning to visit the CBD and the possibility of people slipping over on bird poo, stains and other spills, causing injury.”

In recent time ITCC has been criticised for the condition of the CBD. In this regard, pockets of the city have fallen into disrepute simply because the zone in which they fall in, is classified as a rate payer responsibility, and as such, not one of a levy payer responsibility.

Despite this, ITCC has made a considerable contribution towards cleaning and ‘beautifying’ the CBD where they can over the years. While the unrelenting efforts of the team may sometimes go unnoticed, it’s important we celebrate their achievements and commitment, as without them, the aesthetic appeal and positive public regard for our city, could be significantly reduced.