THE community is being asked to roll up their sleeves to volunteer their time to remove graffiti across the Shoalhaven this Sunday, March 28, Graffiti Removal Day.
The aim of Graffiti Removal Day is to highlight the problem of graffiti across NSW and encourage people to remove and prevent graffiti in their community.
Shoalhaven City Mayor Amanda Findley is calling for Shoalhaven residents to 'Love where they live' by volunteering their time on the day at a clean-up site.
"Graffiti vandalism can be a costly, antisocial, and often unsightly nuisance for the community," Cr Findley said.
"Council is committed to presenting the Shoalhaven in a positive manner to both visitors and residents, in particular by swiftly removing graffiti from our public assets.
"Graffiti can cause people to feel unsafe and may be offensive to members of the community, creating the impression that nobody cares about the area.
"Evidence shows the quick removal of graffiti helps to deter future vandalism events.
"Graffiti vandals like to admire their tags and this quick action removes the satisfaction of seeing their mark."
Residents can volunteer or nominate a site for Graffiti Removal Day on their website (https://graffitiremovalday.org.au).
Anyone over the age of 12 with the ability to clean off graffiti can volunteer to participate.
Together, council and the community can take positive steps to deter and reduce graffiti vandalism in the Shoalhaven.
Council's Graffiti Removal Coordinator works to remove graffiti from council assets on a daily basis.
Council also offers advice and support for residents and business owners when removing graffiti from private property.
If you require assistance with graffiti abatement or removal, contact Shoalhaven Council on 4429 3111 during business hours Monday to Friday.
For more information about graffiti management visit council's website, www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
Graffiti vandalism is a crime - if you see something suspicious, report it to police.
If you have information about graffiti vandalism, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The NSW Graffiti Hotline is also available for assistance on 1800 707 125 (Monday to Friday).