THIS weekend, dozens of volunteers will clean a 120-metre stretch of graffiti in Mayfield that has not been touched for years.
The regularly tagged brick wall backs on to a row of local Mayfield businesses and faces Webb Park, on the corner of Hanbury and Maitland roads.
The precinct is looked after by the Mayfield Business Association, which has partnered with the Rotary Club of Newcastle to conduct fortnightly graffiti clean-ups in the area, starting with Graffiti Removal Day this Sunday.
The Mayfield site will be one of many across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie to be scrubbed by community groups.
Courts were given the power to impose clean-up sentences on offenders as the state government sought to crack down on graffiti last year.
Newcastle Rotary president Julia Brougham said it had not worked, since the need for a statewide clean-up day still existed.
She said one way or another, it was important for graffiti to be removed.
"The shorter it survives, the less likely it is to get done again," she said.
The Mayfield Business Association will soon hold a design competition for Webb Park's brick wall, which will be painted with a mural.
■ Graffiti Removal Day is this Sunday, October 20.Go to graffitiremovalday.org.au to volunteer.