Graffiti is an act of vandalism and is against the law! Gunnedah Shire Council has a ‘no tolerance’ policy with graffiti related offences and is working with the community to reduce graffiti and to promote the Shire as a clean and attractive community. Council aims to remove any graffiti from its own properties and assets within 48 hours of it being discovered and/or reported. Homeowners are also encouraged to remove graffiti from their own property to discourage offenders.
Penalties Apply - The following penalties can be applied by courts:
- Marking property can attract a fine up to $440, or, for an aggravated offence, $2,200 or 12 months imprisonment
- Possessing a graffiti implement with intent can attract a fine up to $1,100 or six months imprisonment
- Persons under 18 years carrying spray paint cans in public can attract a fine of up to $440 or six months imprisonment
- Bill posting can attract a fine of up to $440
Under the NSW Crimes Act (1900), there are penalties of up to five years in prison for maliciously damaging property.