Port Macquarie is seeing the beginnings of a new generation of graffiti vandals, according to a local street artist.
About 300 to 400 graffiti tags are removed on average per month, out of peak season according to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council statistics.
Six hundred graffiti removals were recorded during December last year and another 500 in January, based on PMHC data.
Street artist Damon Moroney, who paints murals over major tagging areas said he had concerns that local graffiti is increasing.
"There's definitely more at the moment than over the last six months in illegal graffiti," he said.
"The next generation is coming through, many kids pick it up over Christmas but a couple of kids have stuck with it after the school holidays."
He said a number of factors were making it easier for illegal graffiti to continue in town.
"There are blank walls in the middle of town, it's very accessible and just too easy for them to do it," he said.
"Another reason is you can buy your paint online and have it delivered to your front door, without ID, it's cheaper and it makes it way too easy.
"We need to contact them and get them out of tagging, get them interested into murals and art instead of tagging people's front fence.
"I've been suggesting we find dedicated spots where they can paint... I've seen in the past that providing a space you'll see a massive decrease in graffiti."
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