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A community Working Group set up earlier this year has helped to develop a Draft Graffiti Management Policy and Strategy and Council is now looking for wider community input.

“The Working Group deserves congratulations for pulling this together in a few short months,” said Councillor Mark Sultana, who chairs the committee. “A lot of thought, discussion, expert views and time has gone into both the draft Policy and Strategy and now we’re looking forward to hearing what the wider community thinks.”

Council already undertakes a range of activities in relation to graffiti management including removal, community education and engagement, public art projects, implementation of crime prevention measures and, more recently, by supporting Graffiti Removal Day with the help of Rotary Coffs Harbour.

The draft Graffiti Management Policy and draft Graffiti Management Strategy 2016-2020 aim to build on these activities through a clear and coordinated management framework that uses a range of approaches identified as best practice for graffiti management.

Both documents make clear that, in order to be most effective, graffiti management needs the support and collaboration of the community.

The draft Strategy provides a framework for graffiti management that outlines proposed objectives under six principles:

·         Stakeholder engagement – consultation and on-going engagement with business, government agencies and private landowners.

·         Reporting – simple graffiti vandalism incident reporting mechanisms to provide timely data for clean‐up crews and enforcement agencies, as well as to provide statistical information for education and progress monitoring.

·         Removal – timely removal based upon set prioritisation criteria as resources allow.

·         Prevention – implementation of design‐based approaches to assist in the prevention of graffiti vandalism.

·         Education – information and educational material provided to assist the community in the prevention and safe removal of graffiti. This would include information sharing on the legal and community consequences of graffiti vandalism.

·         Enforcement – reporting systems that assist in the mapping of graffiti vandalism incidents to identify ‘hot spot’ areas.

The draft Policy and draft Strategy will be placed on public exhibition for a period of 60 days from Wednesday, December 16 2015 until Saturday, February 13 2016. This is a longer period than the standard 28 day exhibition in order to allow greater opportunity for community and stakeholder consultation during the school holidays.

Documents will be made available for viewing in hard copy at Council’s Administration Building and local libraries and online through Council’s website. Following the exhibition period, community feedback will be considered and a final Policy and Strategy presented to Council for adoption in early 2016.