The whole community has a role to play in keeping the our local area graffiti free and enjoyable for everyone.
If you spot graffiti on Council owned property, use the online reporting tool to let us know. We aim to respond and remove graffiti from Council owned property within a short timeframe, in line with best practice in graffiti management.
If you’re unsure on whether the property belongs to us, have a quick look below for examples of property types and who to contact if you do spot graffiti or other vandalism.
If you spot someone actively vandalising property of any kind, please call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 to lodge a report.
- Post boxes- Australia Post
- Public phone booths- Telstra damages team
- Major road signage (i.e. Pacific Highway and M1)- Roads and Maritime Service
- Electrical substations or roadside boxes- Ausgrid
- Roadside NBN nodes- National Broadband Network
- Telegraph poles- Ausgrid
- Trains, railway stations or railway corridor fencing- Transport NSW
- Private property such as business signage, private fences, house walls or other damage should be reported to the Police Assistance Line 131 444
Removing graffiti from your property
The longer graffiti remains visible, the more attention it receives. We recommend removing graffiti as soon as it is discovered using our free Soy Safe Graffiti Removal kits, available for all residents and businesses on the Central Coast.
The kit contains Soy Safe graffiti removal, protective eyewear, gloves and a scrubbing brush. You'll need to fill in a quick form when you pick up your kit to confirm your address and details.
Vandals prefer flat, light coloured surfaces in places that face public areas.
There are a number of simple tips that can help prevent graffiti on your property, whether it's business or residential.
- Where possible, paint surfaces in darker colours. This helps deter graffiti and makes the space easier to repaint if the damage is severe.
- Planting native shrubs, creeping vines or other screening plants can help deter vandals and provide a natural barrier to their activity while enhancing your property's appearance.
- Landscaping techniques can be used to help prevent access and deter criminals. See the Australian Institute of Criminology- Crime prevention through environmental design for more information
- Public art has been shown to lower frequency of vandalism and graffiti attacks. Consider sponsoring a mural for your business premises.
- Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance can help create a feeling of security and comfort as well as providing a deterrent to vandals and evidence of their activities for police reporting.
- Anti-graffiti coatings are available in commercial and DIY form. These help protect your surfaces making removal of graffiti loads easier. This option is perfect for signs and murals.
Graffiti Management Strategy
The Central Coast Graffiti Management Strategy 2021-2024 sets out the approach Council will take in managing graffiti, in partnership with others, and across the whole Central Coast. The Strategy aims to create a sustainable, significant and measurable reduction in graffiti on the Central Coast, while also increasing community awareness and understanding of the issue and providing legitimate avenues for residents to express themselves creatively.
Developed by Council in partnership with local stakeholders and in consultation with the community, the Strategy outlines five key priorities for graffiti management on the Coast: ‘Boost the rapid removal response’, ‘Value our partners in graffiti management’, ‘Make it easier to report graffiti’, ‘Towards legitimate art’ and ‘Prevention’.