The City of Melville has continued to achieve positive results in graffiti management with successful urban art initiatives such as Office of Crime Prevention (OCP) SLAM, a project by ten young people at Deep Water Point to be completed on Tuesday, 31 January 2012.
The OCP SLAM project gives young people a chance to express themselves and develop their skills, as well as the opportunity to work with urban artist Michael Barker (known as SHIME) and Federico Medina.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the project had given young people a creative outlet during the school holidays, and achieved great results.
“The special project saw the young people selected for design workshops throughout January, and the implementation of the design at Deep Water Point from 23 to 31 January 2012. You can find the mural on the toilet block behind Deep Water Point Café,” he said.
“Urban art is a popular way of deterring graffiti, as it demonstrates ownership of the asset. It engages creative young people to apply their art in a legal way, as it has been given prior permission.
“In 2008-2009 graffiti removal cost the City over $337,000 for 9,403 incidents of graffiti, and this dropped to just over $120,000 for 4,843 incidents in 2010-2011.
“The City has implemented numerous initiatives to bring about this drop, including the creation of a position dedicated to graffiti, sharing information with local police, targeted Community Safety Service (CSS) patrols to hot spots, and participation in Juvenile Justice Court conferencing sessions,” Mayor Aubrey said.
“Most recently, the City obtained $20,000 from the Office of Crime Prevention to fund urban art projects to reduce the incidence of graffiti at hot spot sites.”
The City’s urban art projects are perfect for any young person aged 12 to 24, from the most seasoned and experienced artist to anyone who just wants to have a go.
For more information or to register for a project email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 635 845.