Community-minded residents across the Hunter are preparing to roll up their sleeves and get “down and dirty” this month.
But, it’s all for a great cause.
Graffiti Removal Day, which is gaining momentum every year, will see citizens clean up “hot spots” throughout Newcastle, Maitland, Muswellbrook and Lake Macquarie on Sunday 28 March.
And, now, others are being encouraged to show they love not just their own home but also their local community by volunteering a couple of hours to remove the unsightly defacements.
Lake Macquarie coordinator Pam Wellham said Graffiti Removal Day provided a great opportunity for people to go beyond their front fence and reconnect after the impacts of COVID-19.
“It’s clear that throughout the pandemic most people spent time taking pride in their homes and gardens,” she stated.
“Where we live also extends outside our front fence and into our local communities.
“We are encouraging residents to reconnect by not only removing ugly graffiti but also working together to come up with ways to prevent graffiti.”
A variety of projects will occur across the region as part of the day.
“Ideas such as murals, planting trees and educating people to report graffiti are all terrific ways to prevent graffiti coming back,” Ms Wellham said.
To help inspire people, Graffiti Removal Day organisers are running a competition to find the best mural in NSW with a $1000 first prize.
Those who participate are expected to join up to 3,000 volunteers from various organisations including Rotary, Scouts NSW, Girl Guides NSW&ACT, Air Force Cadets, PCYC, NSW Police, Lions, church groups, high schools and councils to remove graffiti from more than 500 sites across NSW.
All material and equipment required for Graffiti Removal Day is supplied to helpers for free by sponsors Dulux, NSW Government and Southern Cleaning Supplies.
People can volunteer, suggest an idea, find out more about the mural competition or nominate a clean-up site by going to the website at www.graffitiremovalday.org.au