Members from the Albury Youth Council donated an hour of school holiday time yesterday to remove graffiti and raise awareness to encourage community members to contribute their thoughts on the issue.
Youth Mayor Eli Davern said he wanted Albury to look beautiful.
"Tagging is a really unattractive aspect to our city and if it means we've got to come out here on a Wednesday afternoon to clean it up, well then we're willing to do that," he said.
Albury City Council's Dianne Small said graffiti is an ongoing issue that affects every council area.
She said that over the last 10 years $1 million has been spent on graffiti removal, but it was a relatively low cost for council.
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The council is in the process of developing a new Graffiti Management Plan and has asked the community to fill out an online survey on the topic.
"Part of our survey that is out at the moment, is getting an idea of why people are doing it, where are they seeing it and where are there high levels of activity," Mr Davern said.
Mr Davern said he didn't think it was fair to stereotype all young people as the perpetrators of graffiti, but some youth did do it.
"Young people in general are very creative and street art is something that I think we're seeing develop with young people," he said.
"I'd be interested in finding out why they're doing it.
"It's possible that they're bored and maybe there's some things that we can do around activities for young people that would give them different options to display their art instead of vandalising private property."
Ms Small said the community had mixed perceptions of graffiti, which is why the survey was important to gauge community tolerance.
"In some respects people like graffiti, it's a political statement and they like to see that kind of artwork, whereas others really don't," she said.
"They see that it really degrades the area, increases their perceptions of crime and devalues their properties."
Ms Small said council welcomed all feedback from the community and the survey is open until April 11.
"The more input that the community has, the more we can understand what the community would like us to do about the problem," she said.
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