On Sunday 18 October, an army of 2,500 volunteers set a new record for Australia's largest graffiti clean-up by removing an estimated 24,000 square metres of graffiti from over 400 sites across NSW.
Graffiti Removal Day is an event delivered by the Department of Justice in partnership with Rotary Down Under.
It is estimated, graffiti vandalism costs businesses, households, state government and local councils, in NSW, over $100 million each year.
"Graffiti Removal Day highlights the problem of graffiti vandalism and encourages people to volunteer their time to clean-up their local communities by removing ugly graffiti", said Graffiti Removal Day spokesperson, Jeff Egan.
"Every year, this great community event continues to grow with the number of volunteers up by 25 per cent and an increase of 35 per cent in clean-up sites - making it a record roll up for Graffiti Removal Day."
"This year about 2,500 volunteers removed an estimated 24,000 square metres of graffiti from over 400 sites ranging from Bourke to Bondi and Albury to Ballina, which is just amazing."
Volunteers come from all walks of life and age groups ranging from Scouts, Girl Guides and Air Force Cadets to members from Rotary Clubs, Men's Sheds and the general public as well as representatives from the NSW Police Force, Sydney Trains, Roads and Maritime Service and local councils.
"It shows a great community spirit when you see so many volunteers giving up their Sunday to remove ugly graffiti tags from other people's property," said Mr Egan. "Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the Day was the hundreds of metres of fencing and property which had not been re-tagged after last year's Graffiti Removal Day."
"While the Day was a success in removing graffiti it is also important to remember it is only one day of the year, while the fight against graffiti takes place all year round."
The community is encouraged to report graffiti as soon as it appears by calling the Graffiti Hotline 1800 707 125.