Central Coast Council’s Draft Graffiti Management Strategy 2021-2024 sets out the approach Council will take to manage graffiti, in partnership with others, and across the whole Central Coast. This strategy will replace the former Gosford City and Wyong Shire Graffiti Management Plans and will be the first LGA wide strategy.
The Draft Graffiti Management Strategy is based on evidence about what works, best practice in graffiti management and stakeholder input.
The key priorities within the draft Graffiti Management Strategy are:
- Boosting Council’s rapid removal response
- Valuing our partners in graffiti management
- Making it easier to report graffiti
- Providing opportunities for legitimate art
- Prevention (education and design)
Graffiti is a complex issue that requires Council, community members and the police to work together to deliver a multi-faceted solution.
To find out more about the Draft Graffiti Management Strategy you are invited to:
- View the Draft Central Coast Graffiti Management Strategy
- View the frequently asked questions available below
Submissions and feedback were accepted between 17 August 2020 and 13 September 2020.
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What is a Graffiti Management Strategy?
This strategy sets out the approach Council will take in managing graffiti, in partnership with others, and across the whole Central Coast. This strategy is based on evidence about what works, best practice in graffiti management and stakeholder input.
The objectives of the draft Strategy are:
- To create a sustainable, significant and measurable reduction in graffiti in the Central Coast Local Government Area
- To reduce the negative impacts of graffiti felt by the community and visitors and increase pride in local areas
- To increase community awareness and understanding of the issue
- To increase coordination in the management of graffiti in the Central Coast LGA
- To increase ease of reporting for the community
- To provide local residents with legitimate avenues to express themselves creatively
How will the Graffiti Management Strategy provide a practical solution to cleaning up graffiti?
Through this strategy Central Coast Council intends to centralise graffiti management within a new rapid removal team which will coordinate removal of graffiti across all Council assets. Council will also work in partnership with Police, volunteer groups, Chambers of Commerce, business groups and the community to reduce graffiti, reverse the negative impacts of graffiti and build community pride. The Draft Strategy proposes to trial graffiti removal on commercial properties in some designated in town centres.
Is this the first time there has been a plan to manage graffiti on the Central Coast?
The draft strategy will replace the former Gosford City and Wyong Shire Graffiti Management Plans. This is the first whole of Central Coast Graffiti Management Strategy.
How can I contribute to this Strategy?
Many community members have strong views on graffiti management. It can be an emotive subject with a wide spectrum of views. Graffiti is one of the most visible crimes and can impact on perceptions of safety and community pride .
The public exhibition period provided an opportunity for interested members of the community to provide input/comment/feedback of the Draft Strategy.
When will the Graffiti Management Strategy commence?
Following public exhibition between Monday 17 August and Sunday 13 September 2020 the Graffiti Management Strategy will be reported to Council with community feedback in November 2020 and if adopted by Council, will commence from January 2021.