Community Initiatives

In addition to significant clean-up and removal costs, graffiti vandalism also impacts on communities in other significant ways by damaging civic pride, encouraging further criminal activity, devaluating property, intimidating residents and generating fear and anger.

How are communities responding?

Many local governments and their communities are proactive in addressing graffiti and other offending behaviours, and have their own graffiti management strategies in place to target specific graffiti problems within their jurisdiction. Use the links below to learn about some local graffiti management strategies and initiatives in place within our State.  Please note, the graffiti initiatives highlighted do not necessarily reflect the views of WA Police or State Government.

City of Gosnells

The City of Gosnells has a zero tolerance to graffiti and has an anti graffiti team that removes graffiti as soon as possible after notification.  Racist and offensive graffiti is removed immediately if we are allowed access to it, after Police enquiries have been made.  The anti graffiti team removes graffiti from City assets, private homes and businesses under certain conditions and works closely with the Police to ensure a coordinated approach to identifying and prosecuting graffiti vandals.  The City is proactive in its approach to graffiti and provides various programs to educate and decrease graffiti in the community.

The Safe City Education Project for Schools (SEPS) deals with crime prevention on a basic level and helps students understand the importance of reporting graffiti and vandalism, how to encourage parents to join Neighbourhood Watch and how to become more responsible members of the community.  The program is free to all schools in the City and is presented by representatives from WA Police and Safe City.

A number of responsible businesses have joined the City's Business Accord to reduce graffiti in our community.  The accord aims to restrict access to items that are used illegally and are contributing to the amount of graffiti in the City.

The Adopt a Bus Shelter program is a community based program the City is involved in to tackle graffiti.  This program relies on the involvement of volunteers who are passionate about reducing the visual effects of graffiti vandalism in their community and lessen the reward for the graffiti vandals.

City of Rockingham

The City of Rockingham have a series of graffiti prevention and reduction strategies.  The Community Graffiti Paint Out program encourages energetic and enthusiastic members of the community to remove graffiti by providing volunteers with paint, a paint brush, a scraper, a mask and disposable gloves to paint over graffiti markings on bus shelters, bus stops and underpass walls and other approved structures.  This project has proven to be highly effective with a marked reduction of graffiti vandalism on maintained structures.

The Adopt A Bus Shelter program involves schools and community groups working with a local artist to revitalize and protect bus shelters in ‘hot spot’ areas.  Students address the issues surrounding graffiti as well as contributing to choosing effective mediums which are harder to vandalize whilst working on a community theme. Artworks are completed using different processes such as ceramics, metal inserts, textured metal, aerosol art and painting.  Recurrence of graffiti vandalism to decorated bus shelters has been greatly reduced.  Urban Art Projects also encourage young people to participate in workshops to learn about the widespread effects of graffiti vandalism on the community and the history of hip hop and urban/graffiti art.  Courses and employment information are also provided.  A renowned urban artist works with participants on theme, design, skills and technique before artworks are spray painted onto a skate park, change room facilities or the like.  The projects so far have been highly successful and have received much community praise and support.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (Inc) 

Constable Care have developed an ‘early intervention’ graffiti education program titled ‘To Tag or not To Tag: It’s a Life Choice’. The project strategy is an Interactive Drama Play targeting Primary School Children in years 4-7 (9-12yr olds). Contact: David Gribble on (08) 9272 0000.

Neighbourhood Watch (Western Australia) 

Neighbourhood Watch is a series of programs aimed at making individuals aware of crime prevention initiatives and activities by encouraging interaction and a sense of responsibility between neighbours and communities.  Contact: Jenny O'Brien on (08) 9222 1513.

Town of Vincent 

Developed electronic mapping of graffiti and hotspots, linked to the Towns ‘Intramap’ system, along with regular reporting to WA Police.  The Town also offers an extensive community assisted graffiti removal service for residents and business and will remove any graffiti reported visible from a public area, within 48 hours or within 24 hours if deemed offensive/ racist.The Town offers ‘Vincent graffiti safewipe citizens’ packs for town residents and businesses’which has been received very well by residents and business. 

 City of Karratha

The City of Karratha (formerly Shire of Roebourne) received a State Graffiti Fund grant to develop the Roebourne Community Art project. Members of the community had expressed an interest in pursuing projects to beautify Roebourne’s public spaces and create a sense of pride amongst young people and community members.

The project aimed to encourage a sense of ownership, pride and respect for the artwork and the Roebourne Community Hall. The murals were painted by artist Marina Baker but were designed with extensive input from local young people, art groups and the broader community. The artist was engaged to facilitate the art project because she has extensive experience in mural art projects and working with Aboriginal communities across Australia.

Click City of Karratha-Cleansweep Graffiti Project for further information.

Do you have a local graffiti management strategy or initiative you want to highlight?

The Goodbye Graffiti website aims to be community orientated by providing relevant information to address graffiti vandalism and facilitating the exchange of such information between communities.

If you have a local graffiti management strategy or initiative that you would like to share with other communities please email WA Police Graffiti Team with the following information:

  • name of graffiti strategy / initiative;
  • website address (if available);
  • brief summary of the strategy / initiative (100 word maximum); and
  • contact person (including a telephone number and/or email address).