Upper Blue Mountains Graffiti Removal 
(A story from Robert Ralston)
"What have the Romans ever done for us?"
Is there any place on Earth, so ugly, that it is improved by graffiti?
Of course there is justification for such historical examples, as "Long live the Republic" and "Viva Zapata!"
 But against these, today's ego-driven tags of "Pesk", "Porn" or "Parksy" do not merit a mention.
Classical Rome has given us many treasures, but graffiti is not among them. It deserves a 'thumbs down'; along with slavery, mass crucifixions and pickled bat's wings. And they had had enough of it, too. A recent excavation in Pompeii has uncovered a notice that can be loosely translated as,"O Walls! How can you still stand with such rubbish written upon you!"
So, no wonder that 17 people volunteered on 28 and 29 October 2017 in the upper Blue Mountains. After two hard days and a combined effort of 129 hours, they had removed 486 square metres of graffiti by 'painting-out' and by the use of chemicals and high-pressure spray.
The villages of Bulluburra, Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath and Blackheath look greatly refreshed; with - perhaps - 95% of their graffiti removed.
You can ask, "How long will this last?"
Well, not until the vandals give up; because Central Blue never will.
And the Vandals did give up, at Rome, didn't they ? !