Graffiti Removal and Prevention

Graffiti on Council Property

Council has a standard practice to remove graffiti off council-owned property within 24 hours of being reported. This includes council buildings, parks, playgrounds, fences, signs, roads and footpaths.
Council also removes graffiti from fences that face council-owned property such as parks, reserves and laneways. Private fences facing on to footpaths are the responsibility of the resident/business.
Council regularly checks its property and structures for general maintenance and to remove any grafitti. A more rapid removal response reduces the likelihood of its recurrence.
Instances of graffiti on council-owned property can be reported to the Council on 8962 0000 or by emailing reception@barkly.nt.gov.au.

Graffiti on Private Property

Grafitti removal on private property is the responsibility of the property owner and should be reported to them directly. If uncertain, please contact the council.
Council may be able to assist in providing advice on graffiti removal and prevention to residents/businesses.

Tips to removing graffiti:

  • Removing graffiti is usually not a difficult task, particularly if the damage has been done recently. Act early and you can achieve good results.
  • Remove graffiti with a brush or scourer and soapy water or try rubbing with Turps or Meths.
  • Paint over graffiti, it's quick, cheap and simple. Keep a supply of the matching paint to quickly reapply if graffiti reappears.
  • If the above do not work, chemical measures may be necessary.

Graffiti prevention

The following strategies can help to prevent graffiti:

  • Vegetation: Shrubs and bushy plants near buildings help restrict access to walls or views into buildings.
  • Lighting: A well-lit area may deter vandalism.
  • Paints and coatings: Always keep extra paint of the same colour as your walls, fences and other painted surfaces.
  • Graffiti resistant surfaces: Try to avoid plain, smooth surfaces or fences.
  • Securing your property: Secure items such as benches, barbecues and wheelie bins so they can't be used to gain access to walls or rooftops.

The best way to manage graffiti vandalism in our community is for residents and business owners to remove graffiti immediately after it appears on their property.