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Australia’s National Trust and Heritage Victoria are both supporting a move to protect the city’s graffiti, but some local council groups say this would just give a green light to vandals.

With the idea of graffiti as an art form in its own right gaining momentum locally and abroad, the National Trust has been considering its protection since 1999.

The Trust’s cultural heritage manager, Tracey Avery, says the protection of Melbourne’s graffiti will be debated at next week’s international conference on intangible heritage.

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