As part of the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007, The State Government introduced new anti-graffiti laws effective from the 1st of July. These laws include restrictions on the sale and advertising of spray cans, as well as laws prohibiting the carrying of spray cans near public transport.
While these laws have focused on spray cans, there has been an increase in graffitists using other instruments. The Maroondah Journal has reported on the effects of these new laws:
Maroondah councillor Alex Makin said the fines should not be limited to vandals who use spray cans.
“It has raised quite a few concerns with the council. We’ve had the legislation around spray cans take effect, now we need a review to include fines for other tools.”
Graffiti removal is a major cost and inconvenience for businesses, individuals and councils. It is therefore appropriate for the State Government to review the intent of the Graffiti Prevention Act and consider whether further restrictions in regard to graffiti are necessary.