The Nationals in Government are urging residents to throw their support behind Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday, October 21 to reclaim our regions’ graffiti hotspots.

“People are sick of vandals defacing public amenities and it’s time to send a clear message that communities from Tambar Springs to Tamworth, Werris Creek to Walcha, Bendemeer to Barraba and Gunnedah to Gowrie has zero tolerance for tagging,” Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said. “Graffiti is such a waste of resources and puts a great cost on councils and individuals who find their walls have been vandalized. This is a community where people love where they live, which is why I’m urging locals to roll-up their sleeves and volunteer for Graffiti Removal Day.”

“Cleaning up graffiti-damaged sites shows vandals we won’t stand for this kind of anti-social behaviour that leads to public spaces such as buildings, parks and train stations being turned into eyesores.”

Overall, roughly 120,000sqm of graffiti has been removed since it began in 2012, which equates to an $8.8 million value in savings for private owners and the Government.

“Every year the turnout gets bigger and bigger, which proves graffiti is a bugbear the community could do without,” Mr Anderson said. “While people think it’s only teens and young adults who commit these offences, we are seeing people as old as 40 getting caught tagging. However tougher penalties for graffiti appear to be having an impact with 5,698 incidents of graffiti reported by NSW Police between July 2017 and June 2018 – down from 9,926 six years ago.”

Penalties for graffiti vandalism include up to 12 months’ imprisonment and bans on the possession of spray cans by young people without a lawful excuse.

To volunteer for Graffiti Removal Day or nominate a clean-up site, click here.