- Collaborative art initiative turns graffiti eyesore into urban art gallery
Police Minister Michelle Roberts has praised an initiative between police and TAFE students, targeting unsightly graffiti alongside the Kwinana Freeway.
The telecommunications huts in South Perth have been a known hotspot for graffiti vandalism over many years.
Despite rapid responses to clean up the graffiti, the infrastructure continues to be repeatedly targeted.
As part of a crime prevention strategy, officers from the WA Police Force's Graffiti Team engaged local TAFE students to produce art murals which will be secured to the Telco Huts.
The group of students from South Metropolitan TAFE includes both mainstream students and an alternative program for youth at risk.
The project has received generous financial support from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus, while the City of South Perth has also contributed through clean-up of the site and application of an anti-graffiti coating to the artwork.
The Minister was delighted to present certificates of recognition to students as the artwork was installed at the South Perth site last week.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"These huts have been a target for graffiti for many years and have consequently become an unfortunate eyesore, passed by thousands of commuters a day.
"I want to congratulate Police for thinking outside the box and coming up with new and different approaches to target graffiti vandalism.
"I also want to thank the talented young people involved in this project, and encourage them to be proud of their wonderful artwork.
"Replacing unsightly graffiti with artistic murals not only improves the amenity of an area, it can also deter anti-social behaviour and make locals feel safer."
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