Hastings lawbreakers invited to smile for the camera

Published on 08 November 2018

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A new surveillance camera at the intersection of Wallaroo and Hodgins Roads in Hastings, a popular graffiti hot spot, is the latest addition from Mornington Peninsula Shire in a series of steps to deter graffiti on the Peninsula.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the camera is a “joint initiative of the Shire and Hastings Police to try and reduce ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area and address the ongoing issue of graffiti.

“It’s proving to be a very useful tool; an offender has already been recorded by the camera”.

Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper said “we have a beautiful community and it’s such a shame when our public spaces are damaged by senseless acts of vandalism.

“Local kids catch the bus here and they should feel safe and welcome when traveling around Hastings”.

Earlier this year, the Shire worked closely with schools in Hastings and Dromana to create a series of student-designed artworks installed as a deterrent in areas where graffiti is an issue including Wallaroo Reserve, Hastings and the freeway underpass on McCulloch Street, Dromana.

Graffiti is recognised as a crime under the Victorian Graffiti Prevention Act 2007. 

Under the Act, it is an offence in Victoria to:

  • Mark publicly visible graffiti on property without the owner’s consent
  • Sell spray paint to someone under 18 unless they have proven it is needed for employment purposes
  • Possess a graffiti implement with the intention of marking unlawful graffiti
  • Possess, without lawful excuse, a spray paint can while on or adjacent to public transport property, or where the person is trespassing
  • Advertise spray paint cans for sale, if the advertisement is likely and intended to incite or promote unlawful graffiti.

The Act also includes police investigative powers and a framework for councils to remove graffiti from private property. The offence of marking graffiti attracts maximum fines of more than $38,000 and up to two years imprisonment.

The Shire encourages the community to report graffiti to the police. If you have information about offenders responsible for graffiti vandalism, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  

Anonymity is guaranteed.

Where graffiti is on Shire property, the Council aims to remove it as quickly as possible after it is reported. 

Particular priority is given to graffiti that is considered offensive. 

If you notice graffiti in your area, please contact the Shire on 1300 850 600 or report a problem online at mornpen.vic.gov.au/report-it

PICTURE DETAILS: Sergeant Jason Wombwell, Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Weight, Mayor Payne and Cr Roper at the site of the new surveillance camera in Hastings.