Greens MP warns 'nonsense' law may kill hopscotch

PLAYING hopscotch on the sidewalk or bitumen may be a thing of the past with legislation introduced into the NSW Parliament making it an offence to intentionally mark premises or property without the permission of the owner.

Greens MP David Shoebridge told the ABC that there was no requirement in the legislation for a mark to be permanent or difficult to remove.

"Unless the kids get the consent of the local council they're committing an offence," Mr Shoebridge said.

"This will now all become criminal activity. If children get caught by police they'll be facing a $440 fine. Now that's just nonsense."