City wipes graffiti costs thanks to City App

18 February 2019

Graffiti is at an all-time low with City clean-up costs slashed by 40 percent in four years.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said vigilant residents reporting graffiti via the City App had played a major role in driving down the incidents of graffiti.

“These graffiti vandals love seeing their tag on display. Residents have played a vital role in rapidly identifying the graffiti so we can get our crews out there to clean it up. I applaud every Gold Coaster who has uploaded to our app and reported graffiti.’’

Four years ago, graffiti vandalism was costing around $1 million annually. Last financial year, it was $594,000 – a reduction of almost 40 percent.

“Civic pride is alive and well on the coast so my message to the vandals is: get a life,’’ said Mayor Tate.

“We have a zero tolerance approach and we work with police to seek prosecution.

“Our dedicated clean-up crews provide a quick response right across the city and we have over 500 CCTV cameras around to capture these vandals red-handed.’’

Report graffiti via the mobile app, graffiti hotline (5667 5974) or email

Reported graffiti is removed within five working days, with offensive graffiti removed within one working day of it being reported.

The City removes graffiti free of charge from private property as long as the graffiti is accessible from public land. 

Graffiti removal costs for the last three financial years:

2017-18: $594,000
2016-17: $949,140
2015-16: $1,046,918

Number of graffiti jobs during last three financial years:

2017-18: 4732
2016-17: 7414
2015-16: 7496

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