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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.