Graffiti Reporting and Removal

The City of Bunbury is committed to dealing with graffiti and working with the community to remove it as soon as possible. The City of Bunbury removes reported graffiti on City buildings, footpaths, public structures and other assets it controls within 48 hours once reported. The City can be contacted to quote on the removal of graffiti from private property or property controlled by other organisations or government agencies.

To report graffiti or request a quote on graffiti removal  please call 9792 7333.

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.

Professional help is available; please check your business guide and the Yellow Pages under Cleaning Contractors or Paint Removal Service.