In 2004, the Grafters were formed. They are a hardworking team of council volunteers who work continually in the never-ending fight against graffiti vandalism. Last year alone they removed 16,837m2 of graffiti in our city over a total of 2,629 man hours.
The Grafters are made up of four volunteers per day, who operate three days per week. They use paint, scrapers, high pressure hoses, scrubbing and chemicals (where required) to remove graffiti around the City of Port Adelaide Enfield (excluding the rail corridor which is owned by Adelaide Metro).
They have their own custom-built trailer featuring a range of tools to reach any area. The trailer even features an advanced environmentally-friendly suction system to stop water and chemicals from running off into storm water.
The program was started in 2004 and Doug was one of the original volunteers. He joined after retirement as he was looking for something to keep him busy that would give back to the local community whilst getting him out of the house, “I was getting bored hanging around at home so I wanted to get outside and do something valuable. I’ve always hated graffiti so this was a perfect fit for me.”
He has now spent over 12 years operating with the crew and is proud of their achievements, "Back at the start graffiti was everywhere and it was a daunting task for us to take on. Slowly but surely we tackled the problem," said Doug.
Another long-term Grafter, Bob, also joined to make a difference in his local community, "Graffiti tags are ugly and they make our city look unwelcoming. As a proud local I want to make sure that we have a good looking and pleasant city for residents and visitors alike"
Thanks to their rapid response, the amount of graffiti across the City of Port Adelaide Enfield is minimal, especially in comparison to other parts of Adelaide. A priority case is removed within 24hours and most other graffiti is removed within four days.
Removal requests can be submitted online via councils website using our Online services tool or by phoning 8405 6600. These job requests are then sent out to the teams on the road via their iPads which allow them to plan their day as requests come in. When they have run out of jobs they get proactive and go out searching for graffiti which is something unique to our Council area.
Vandalism and graffiti cost ratepayers $459,359 in the last financial year (2014/15) and council greatly appreciates the work that volunteers provide in the clean-up.
The Grafters love receiving positive feedback from the community so if you see them out and about doing their thing, take a moment to stop and say thank you!