What is graffiti?
Graffiti is a crime. It is the act of marking or defacing premises or other property without permission. This does not include approved public art.
The effect of graffiti on our community
The presence of graffiti can cause people to feel unsafe. It creates a perception that nobody cares about the area, and if left unattended it often attracts more graffiti and may even encourage other more serious crimes. If the graffiti is racist or contains discrimatory themes it can personally offend individuals or community groups.
What is Council doing?
To show leadership to the community in the area of managing graffiti removal, Council has made a deliberate decision to provide additional resources.
A specialist tradesperson with a vehicle and equipment has been employed to remove graffiti from high profile Council assets on a daily basis. Council is also encouraging local business and service providers to be proactive in the removal of graffiti on their premises.
Council has a graffiti trailer that is free to use, subject to a risk assessment. Alternatively, Council can undertake the work, for a fee.
Please contact Council on 4429 3111 for more information or complete the relevant form below and return to the address shown.
Graffiti Management Policy
Graffiti Quotation Request (PDF 175kb)
Graffiti Trailer Use Agreement (PDF 171kb)
What can you do?
There are some simple things that you can do to deter graffiti, including;
- Plan for easy graffiti removal (i.e. rough surfaces)
- Install lighting
- Consider a mural
- Project Eyewatch
Project Eyewatch is based on the social networking site Facebook, enabling locals to exchange information with police about crime and report issues of concern, in real time.
Council strongly recommends that you remove all graffiti as soon as you can. Not only will the graffiti be easier to remove, but your quick response sends a positive message to the community.
To report graffiti on Council property please call the NSW Graffiti Hotline on 1800 707 125 or Council on 4429 3111.
Report Graffiti on Council Property
Graffiti is a crime. If you see suspicious activity, report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Graffiti Abatement Brochure (PDF 757kb)