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What are Council's responsibilities?

Council has a Graffiti Management Plan which details our approach to graffiti management and removal.

Council is responsible for removing graffiti off its own property which includes:

  • Council managed bus shelters
  • Signs such a street signs etc.
  • Council buildings such as libraries, civic centres and public toilets
  • Parks and playground equipment
  • Roads and footpaths

Relevant Documents

What about private property?

Graffiti from Private Property can be removed, in certain circumstances, if the removal can be carried out from a public place. The Graffiti Management Plan has more details.

Council will remove graffiti from privately owned fences adjoining public land at no cost. A service is provided for the removal of graffiti from private property including shop fronts.

Relevant Documents

How do I report graffiti?

You can report or request a quote to Council, please contact 9840 9840 or email

To report graffiti for removal on a public authority’s property, call the relevant organisation below:

  • Australia Post: 131 318
  • Endeavour Energy: 131 003
  • RailCorp: 131 500
  • Roads and Maritime Services: 132 213
  • Sydney Water: 132 092
  • Telsta: 132 203

If you see a school building with graffiti, please report it to the Principal or Office Manager.

Call either Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the NSW Police Assistance Line on 13 14 44 if you are the victim of graffiti. You can report online at NSW Police.

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Does Council have any handy hints for graffiti removal?

For unpainted brick:

  1. Apply graffiti remover
  2. Wait 5 minutes
  3. Scrub with a brush
  4. Hose off with water
  5. Repeat above steps until clean

Painted brick:

  1. Paint over OR apply methylated spirits with a soft brush
  2. Hose off with water

Unpainted or painted paling fence:

  1. Paint over

Colorbond fence:

  1. Apply graffiti remover
  2. Sweep with a very soft brush
  3. Hose off immediately with water
  4. Paint over

There is a Graffiti Removal Methods Chart you can also track down for more information.

What can I do to make sure my property does not get vandalised?

  • Avoid large and blank surfaces such as a solid Colorbond fence as this provides a ‘canvas’ for graffitists
  • Use picket fencing, bar fencing like pool and wrought iron fencing, metal cyclone fencing or natural materials like bamboo and bush reed
  • Plant vegetation such as climbers, thorny shrubs or trees to break up surfaces and prevent access to walls or fencing
  • Improve lighting as a well lit area promotes surveillance and deters vandalism
  • Maintain your property free from litter, weeds and unrepaired damage
  • Paint walls and fences with dark coloured paint as graffitists usually target light-colour surfaces
  • Secure your property with adequate locks, fences, and gates and ensure items such as wheelie bins and barbecues can’t be used to reach walls or rooftops
  • Prompt removal of graffiti, within 24 to 48 hours, will discourage repeat vandalism as it doesn’t give the graffitist recognition

Where else can I go to find out more about keeping my property safe and graffiti free?

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