The City of Bunbury is committed to dealing with graffiti and working with the community to remove it as soon as possible.
Please report all graffiti incidents within the City of Bunbury to 08 9792 7333. It can also be reported to WA Police on 131 444 or via the WA Police Goodbye Graffiti website.
The City will remove all graffiti from City Assets or private property abutting Council Property, where graffiti is in view of the public, within the following timelines, once reported:
Offensive or obscene graffiti. - 24 hours
All other graffiti - 48 hours
Other Government / Utility Assets
The City will record graffiti on Non-Council Assets to assist the Police Graffiti Database. The City will directly report to the relevant assets agency, whom are responsible for the removal of graffiti from their assets.
Graffiti on Residential or Commercial Property
The City of Bunbury are committed to reducing the graffiti within our community. With the help from West Australian Police Force State Graffiti fund the City has secured grant funding by providing graffiti removal kits to assist with the removal of graffiti from private residences and local businesses.
If you would like a kit for self removal please complete the attached application and liability waiver form. A representative from our Waste Services team will then attend your site to record the graffiti for the Police database and leave the removal kit for you to use.
Please Click here to download Graffiti Removal Kit Application and Liability Waiver
Should you seek professional help, the City can be contacted to quote on the removal of graffiti from private property. Alternatively please check your business guide and the Yellow pages under Cleaning Contractors or Paint Removal Services.
Prevention Tips for Graffiti
Removing graffiti quickly has been recognised as the best way to reduce the rewards that graffiti vandals seek however there are several things you can do to reduce or stop graffiti:
· Lighting – This is most effective in exposed areas that are regularly used by people or monitored by security. Good lighting also helps to make your property more visible, which helps people to notice if any vandalism is being committed.
· Fencing/Screening – Almost all homes have some sort of fencing to mark property boundaries. This can be fibro-cement (‘super six’ fence) or metal (Colorbond) sheeting. Fencing on properties on corner-blocks, next to vacant land or adjacent to laneways often attracts graffiti and to reduce this you may like to consider natural screening, such as hedging plants, vines/creepers or natural fencing material (e.g. bamboo or bush reed fencing).
· Clear Coating – There are several products available that you can paint onto your fences or walls. This doesn’t stop graffiti, but it does make it much easier to remove it. There are two main types of protective coatings available: One type is removed along with any graffiti and you will need to reapply it to protect the surface. The other coating (provided it is applied correctly) will remain on the surface after graffiti is removed and will continue to protect the surface without the need to reapply.
If your fence or wall is untreated there are several products that may make removal easier:
· Brick, render, limestone and natural surfaces – Cold caustic oven cleaners can be sprayed onto the damaged area and left for 6-8 hours, scrub the surface with a hard scrubbing brush and wash off with water. Please wear gloves and safety glasses for protection when using oven cleaners - DO NOT USE CAUSTICS ON OR NEAR ALUMINIUM. Liquid laundry detergent or methylated spirits may be effective for marker damage.
· Painted surfaces – Repainting a painted surface is often the most effective method of removing graffiti, as it does not affect the existing paint finish. Always use the same colour paint so it doesn’t look like a patch.
· Fibro-Cement (‘super six’) fences – Painting over graffiti is recommended, as this type of surface is porous. Painting the whole sheet or sheets will help achieve a more uniform appearance and prevent the patchy look.