MIL-OSI Australia: Managing graffiti in Yarra

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Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Monday 03 June 2024

Similarly to many locations in the inner city, illegal graffiti is a serious and complex problem in Yarra.

As part of our ongoing conversation with community, we’re looking at ways Council and community can work together to manage illegal graffiti. This work is outlined in our Graffiti Management Framework.

In 2019, we received more than 500 responses to create our Graffiti Management Framework 2020-2023. The document is structured around the following themes:

  • prevention
  • engagement, education and promotion
  • advocacy and partnerships
  • removal, reporting and monitoring
  • enforcement

Our last Graffiti Management Framework was endorsed in 2019 and we have had a chance to review the document and our approach to illegal graffiti management.

In response to feedback that we have received from the community over the last 4 years, we’re strengthening our approach and doing more to keep Yarra looking clean.

Some additional actions include:

  • Increasing the options for residents and businesses looking to remove graffiti from their properties by doubling the number of paint vouchers and graffiti kits available per year.
  • Centralising graffiti removal to have a one point of contact to streamline reporting and cleanup for our community.
  • Proactively cleaning graffiti from properties flagged as unsightly.
  • Property owners will no longer need to grant permission for access to their property before graffiti removal takes place. Instead, they will be given an option to object to the removal of graffiti. This will enable us to act faster to requests.
  • Proposing a new advisory service to help residents and businesses to graffiti-proof upper levels of their properties.

Have your say

Now is your chance to let us know if you have anything further to add to the revised draft Graffiti Management Framework before it is considered for adoption by Council.

Have your say before the consultation closes at 9am on Monday 1 July 2024.

Read the draft document and provide feedback

Speak to us in person

Council staff will be at the following locations if you want to provide your feedback in person or have any questions. If you require an interpreter, including Auslan interpreter, to participate in any of these sessions, please reach out to us directly via phone on 03 9205 5555:

  • Saturday 15 June 2024 from 10am to 12 midday at Gleadell Street Market 
  • Wednesday 19 June 2024 from 4 to 6pm at the corner of Queens Parade and Michael Street