Pride of Place
The Pride of Place Taskforce was created to address issues that impact on the overall amenity of the city including graffiti, vandalism, community safety, cleanliness and appearance.
Representatives from business, government agencies, young people and the community are represented on the taskforce.
The graffiti hotline – 1800 223 840 -is now up and running. Members of the community can call the hotline to report any incidents of graffiti. Council will then activate its response team to work on removing the graffiti.
Mural art projects
There have been a number of fantastic mural projects around the city. Visit the mural art page for image galleries.
Pride of Place Grants
The inaugural Pride of Place Grant program is closed. Grants of up to $5,000 were available across five categories for projects that beautify local areas and build community pride. Visit the image gallery to see the completed projects.
Local community engagement in clean ups such as Wickham/Throsby/City East. Youth representatives have been active in establishing new rules for use of designated spaces and management of these areas.
Other agencies including Energy Australia and Telstra have agreed to remove offensive or widespread graffiti within 48 hours of it being reported.
Individuals undertaking community service for the Department of Juvenile Justice assist in removing graffiti across the city.
The community often asks what can council do about derelict buildings particularly in the Hunter Street/CBD are. The avenues council can pursue to improve the appearance of the CBD and other suburban areas include:
- long term planning
- monitoring and education and
- direct action.
Find out more about vacant buildings in Newcastle.
Council now offer two types of graffiti clean up kits for removing graffiti to residents of Newcastle. The type of kit issued depends on the surface the graffiti is on. Most painted surfaces require a paint out, therefore Council also offers a paint voucher whereby the holder of the voucher is able obtain a litre of colour matched paint. Kits and vouchers can be obtained by contacting 4974 6003.
South Newcastle Beach
The removal of the South Newcastle Beach registered art wall took effect from Monday 19 April 2010.