Council provides help to local residents and businesses in removing graffiti from their properties and in preventing its return.
Removing graffiti quickly is one of the most effective ways of deterring further vandalism and keeping local streets looking their best. When graffiti disappears from view quickly, it removes the incentive for people to commit this kind of vandalism in the future.
Council offers the following graffiti removal services to all residents and businesses:
Graffiti Removal Kits
These free kits make it easy for residents and business owners to remove tags or smaller pieces of graffiti from their own property. The kits include an environmentally-friendly cleaning solvent, a scrubbing brush, goggles, gloves and a paintbrush. To request a kit, contact Council on 9205 5555.
Discount on external paint
Council can provide discount vouchers for the purchase of external paint from local paint suppliers. To request a voucher, contact Council on 9205 5555.
Council can remove graffiti from local properties at the request of the property owner. A high pressure spray may be used or the surface may be painted over, depending on the type of graffiti and the surface. The property owner may also be supplied with a free tin of colour matched paint to assist them in removing graffiti, should the property be graffitied again. Council responds to about 200 requests per month to remove graffiti from local properties. As part of our Customer Service Guarantee, Council is committed to responding to reports of offensive graffiti within four hours.
To request our assistance in removing graffiti from a local property, contact Council on 9205 5555.
Lighter coloured walls, fences, laneways and poorly maintained properties, both residential and commercial, often attract the most graffiti. You can reduce graffiti by making your property less attractive to criminal acts of vandalism.
Consider the following methods:
- Keep your property well maintained
- Use an anti-graffiti coating so that if your property is vandalised, you can remove the graffiti more easily. Ask your paint shop or hardware store for details
- Plant fast growing vines or spiky plants such as bougainvillea
- Use darker coloured paint on even surfaces
- Use high-density, low absorbency materials such as hard-burnt bricks
- Use rough or textured surfaces
- Install sensor lighting.
Under the State Government Graffiti Prevention Act (2007) there are harsh penalties for those caught selling spray cans to minors and those caught illegally defacing or vandalising properties.
Here is more information about the authorities you can report graffiti to.
More information about the Act and the State Government’s graffiti management strategy is available on the Department of Justice website.
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