Our aim at the City of Kwinana is to reduce the effect that graffiti vandalism has on the community by:
- erasing graffiti as soon as possible;
- educating the community in graffiti management;
- working in partnership with police;
- increasing a sense of community ownership and pride; and
- reducing the community's long term clean up costs.
The City is committed to employing a coordinated, multifaceted approach to graffiti tagging. At the core of this plan are the principles of prevention, reporting, rapid removal and education.
Reduce the likelihood of graffiti vandalism on your property by:
- planting creepers and foliage along walls and fences;
- painting in dark colours;
- keeping your property well maintained;
- installing sensor lights to make sure the area is well lit at night;
- investigating the benefits of having an anti-graffiti coating applied; and
- removing any and all graffiti as soon as possible to deter a recurrence.
Reporting and Removal of Graffiti
The City of Kwinana is responsible for removing graffiti from infrastructure managed or owned by Council. This includes footpaths, street furniture, sculptures, artworks and its buildings.
The City can remove graffiti from private property, but it must first be reported to 'Goodbye Graffiti' or the Police and an Offence Report number should be obtained. This number must be quoted to the City of Kwinana when requesting graffiti to be removed.
- If you see graffiti vandalism on Council property, you should report it to the City of Kwinana on 9439 0200.
- If you see someone in the act of graffiti vandalism, you should report it to the Police immediately on 131 444.
- If your property is graffiti vandalised, you can report it to the WA Police State Graffiti Hotline on 1800 44 22 55 or you can lodge it online at Goodbye Graffiti.
After reporting the vandalism, the City requires all property owners to complete a waiver form.
Legal Art Avenues for Interested Young People
A graffiti management strategy must adopt a holistic and sustainable approach by addressing graffiti from a number of different angles, including youth development/diversionary programs, which incorporate urban art.
The success of an urban art program, which aims to manage graffiti within communities, is determined largely by the extent to which young people are engaged. In order to engage individuals, legal opportunities for urban art must be provided.
Once involved, education should be a key component of the program to educate individuals about other forms of art as a means of self-expression.