Graffiti

Council is committed to enhancing and maintaining the look and feel of our area. One way of achieving this is to ensure that graffiti is removed as soon as possible and the appearance of buildings, especially in commercial precincts, do not degrade the amenity of the area.

Graffiti
What is Graffiti?

Graffiti is unwanted public artwork or markings for which the owner or occupier of a building, billboard or hoarding has not given permission. Graffiti is unsightly and detracts from the area’s visual amenity.

Mural
What is Not Graffiti?

Items of public art commissioned by or with the consent of the building owner; public art on a wall or structure specifically designated for it; or any marking or art approved by Council’s Chief Executive Officer are not considered to be Graffiti.

Under the local laws, if any building or other structure, or a billboard or billboard structure, is marked with graffiti, Council may issue a notice to the owner or occupier of the land to remove the graffiti. The local law also covers graffiti marked on construction site and may issue a notice to the occupier of the construction site to remove the graffiti. 

  • Queensland Police 131 444

    Private property

    Fraser Coast Regional Council 1300 79 49 29

    Council property, property (outside private property boundaries) and Ergon Energy property e.g. power poles, power boxes and pillars

    Transport and Main Roads 13 23 80

    Sound barrier fences, concrete dividing fences, traffic signal boxes on main roads and motorways, call the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

    Australia Post 13 76 78

    Red street mail boxes, express post mail boxes and large mail holding boxes, call Australia Post.

    Telstra 180 22 44

    Phone boxes, concrete cylindrical pillars and rim boxes, call Telstra.

    Queensland Rail 13 16 17

    Rail corridor please call Queensland Rail.

  • Simple planning and design strategies can help to reduce the likelihood and incidence of graffiti, for example:

    • planning for easy graffiti repair (choosing easy to clean surfaces, keeping surplus paint, anti-graffiti coatings etc)
    • installing lighting
    • using public art or murals

    Most graffiti occurs on exposed walls and fences. You can reduce graffiti by restricting the available surface on which graffiti can be placed by;

    • planting vegetation against or near to solid surfaces to make them less attractive canvases;
    • using landscaping instead of fencing to mark out areas or restrict access;
    • limiting the amount of solid surface by using mesh,  grills or lattice work; and
    • using highly-textured or uneven materials for solid surfaces
  • Where will Council remove graffiti from?

    • Council property;
    • Community leasehold sites;
    • Other publicly owned infrastructure in accordance with approved Memorandums of Understanding between Council and other asset owners and Council may remove graffiti from the following:  and
    • Private property outside boundaries (where the graffiti is accessible from public property) and is deemed inherently offensive.
       

    What are the requirements for private property owners to remove graffiti from their property?

    Council will require private property owners to remove graffiti from their property in accordance with Local Laws. Under Council’s Local Law No. 3 (Community & Environmental Management) 2011 Part 9, if any building or other structure, or a billboard or billboard structure, is marked with graffiti, Council may issue a notice to the owner or occupier of the land to remove the graffiti.

    The local law also covers graffiti marked on a construction site and may issue a notice to the occupier of the construction site to remove the graffiti.

    Council will address graffiti on private land on a complaint basis only, and that these complaints will be prioritised accordingly. As graffiti is not placing person or animal at risk of illness or injury, they would be considered a “low risk” customer request.

    To download a copy of the graffiti removal kit request form, click here

  • Under the local laws, if any building or other structure, or a billboard or billboard structure, is marked with graffiti, Council may issue a notice to the owner or occupier of the land to remove the graffiti. The local law also covers graffiti marked on construction site and may issue a notice to the occupier of the construction site to remove the graffiti. What is Not Graffiti? Items of public art commissioned by or with the consent of the building owner; public art on a wall or structure specifically designated for it; or any marking or art approved by Council’s Chief Executive Officer are not considered to be Graffiti.

DRAFT Graffiti and Murals Policy

Over recent months, Council and staff have been discussing graffiti - removal, reporting and prevention strategies - in preparation of drafting a policy. Public consultation has been sought via Council's engagement hub. 

VIEW THE PROJECT AND DRAFT POLICY HERE