How do I prevent Graffiti?
Graffiti commonly occurs on blank walls, fences, light poles and corner blocks because graffiti vandals like to work on a ‘blank canvas’.
You can reduce graffiti by:
- Landscaping, plant creepers, vines, hedges or spiky plants along blank wall lines.
- Use an anti-graffiti coating on surfaces to make graffiti removal easier.
- Use darker coloured paint.
- Use rough or textured surfaces.
- Keep your property well maintained.
Who is responsible for graffiti removal?
We are responsible for the removal of graffiti on Council infrastructure and property. The location of the graffiti changes who is responsible for removal. Is it the responsibility of:
- The private owner for private property, buildings and fences facing in or out of property
- Australia Post for red post boxes or green delivery boxes
- United Energy for power poles and electricity supply units
- VicRoads for grey traffic boxes, signal poles and traffic lights
- Telstra for telephone boxes
- Adshel for glass bus shelters
- Metro Trains for railway bridges and laneways.
What are we doing about graffiti?
We are in partnership with Community Correctional Services (CCS) a business unit of the Department of Justice and Regulation to remove graffiti from highly visible public spaces in Bayside. The program provides effective means for offender’s on a community work order to rehabilitate and reintegrate into the community; as well as providing a cleaner environment.
The broader objectives of the program are to:
- Identify hotspots and remove graffiti from highly visible public spaces
- Raise the profile of the community work program within CCS and the wider community
- Deliver a safe and secure program that actively engages and promotes partnerships
For more information, visit Corrections Victoria website.
Graffiti volunteer program
We support community groups who wish to undertake graffiti removal within the community through the provision of mobile graffiti removal kits. If you are involved in a community group, for example Neighbourhood Watch or a traders association, and would like to organise a community clean-up day, please contact us.
Community art program
Community art projects have been undertaken at the Sandringham Skate Bowl and the Peterson Youth Centre. If you are interested in participating in an art project, contact the Youth Services team on 03 9599 4622.
We are committed to effectively managing graffiti by applying prevention, removal, legislation and enforcement strategies across the municipality.