Graffiti removal

We offer a graffiti removal subsidy for residents and businesses, and provide a street art program to brighten our streets.

We have a range of initiatives to reduce the impact of graffiti on our community including the graffiti removal subsidy program for residents and businesses.

We offer private property owners (residential and business), a subsidy to assist in the removal of graffiti on their property.

Property owners can receive one of the following to remove graffiti in any 12 month period:

  • A voucher for $100 towards a 4 litre tin of paint.
  • A voucher for $100 towards the total cost of hiring a graffiti removal contractor.
  • A voucher for a graffiti removal kit containing a biodegradable chemical and cleaning equipment.

To apply for a Graffiti Removal Voucher, contact us on 8470 8888.

Graffiti removal can cause significant damage to the environment. Where possible, use biodegradable chemicals and recycled water.

Offensive graffiti

Council also offers a subsidy of up to $500 to assist private property owners the quick removal of offensive graffiti from their residential or commercial property. Offensive graffiti is defined as having the potential to insult members or groups in the community.
It commonly includes defamatory or degrading remarks about race, religion, sex or personal privacy.

More information on Council's approach to graffiti management can be found in the 2014-2018 Graffiti Management Strategy.

Street Art Subsidy Program

Darebin Council's Street Art Subsidy Program is an innovative project that aims to brighten the street scape and prevent the re-occurrence of illegal graffiti and tagging through the provision of quality street art on locations previously subjected to graffiti.

Street Art Subsidy Program Guidelines

As part of Darebin’s Graffiti Management Strategy 2014 – 2018, Council funds a limited number of street art murals on private property through the Street Art Subsidy Program.

Eligibility requirements

• The property must be affected by graffiti or will have reported the occurrence of graffiti in this location within the past 12 months of the submission for funding.
• Work will not be undertaken on land that abuts train lines unless the property owner has received approval from the relevant authority to access the space prior to the work being undertaken.
• Any artwork must be pre-approved by Council prior to installation.
• The property owner must give consent in writing prior to the application of any artwork and agree to keep it for a time of no less than three years.

2017/2018 Street Art Sites

• Merri Community Child Care Centre - 313 St Georges Road Thornbury (Artist: Simon Dransfield) - Council Property
• Gower Street Kindergarten - 146 Gower Street Preston (Artist: Christine Martin) - Council Property
• Merrilands (PRACE) - 35 Sturdee Street Reservoir (Artist: Hayden Dewar) - Council Property
• Clifton Street Children’s Centre - 55 Clifton Street Northcote (Artist: Tom Civil) - Council Property
• Reservoir Skatepark - 73 Leamington Street Reservoir (Commissioned by Youth Services)
• Northcote Skatepark - 8 Breavington Way Northcote (Commissioned by Youth Services)
1-3 Clifton Grove Preston (Artist: Hayden Dewar)
365 Bell Street Preston (Artist: Damien Arena)
1 Gilbert Road Preston (Artist: Zennie McLoughlin)
628 High Street Preston (Artist: Darryl Tilson)
(Rear of) 28 Bennett Street Alphington (Artist: Lucy Lucy)
203 Victoria Road Northcote (Artist: Brodie Colbourne)
• 705 High Street Thornbury (Artist: Tonia Comporto)
598-604 High Street Thornbury (Artist: Hayden Dewar)
755A Gilbert Road Reservoir (Artist: Shannon Keane)
444 High Street, Preston (Artist: Emily Sherwood)