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Harnessing cross-cultural talent to ‘Respect’ Peanut Farm Reserve

BY Media Unit | 07-Sep-2017
Local Indigenous and non-indigenous artists and their mentors will be painting two murals at St Kilda’s Peanut Farm Reserve to promote cross-cultural collaborations and mitigate graffiti.
Local Indigenous and non-indigenous artists and their mentors will be painting two murals at St Kilda’s Peanut Farm Reserve to promote cross-cultural collaborations and mitigate graffiti.

Port Phillip Council Mayor Bernadene Voss says the 'Respect' project – supported by a $25,000 Graffiti Prevention Grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program – uses street-art to benefit local residents, ratepayers and the young participants involved.

Council will work with the Wominjeka BBQ group, the Boon Wurrung Foundation and Star Health to deliver the project.

“Our local community and ratepayers are winners when there is less unsightly graffiti and tagging across Port Phillip, and less resources are required to remove it,” Cr Voss said.

“Respect is a fantastic local initiative which also promotes and strengthens cross-cultural collaboration in our community. Respect will not only beautify Peanut Farm Reserve but increase the young participants’ awareness that graffiti can have negative impacts on all of us, while boosting their self-determination and resilience in the months and years ahead.

“Council will engage two local street artists to act as mentors to empower the participants as they learn new skills through workshops and other activities, and inspire other young people with their art practice.”

An Indigenous and a non-indigenous artist mentor will be engaged, with the aim of finalising the new artworks at Peanut Farm Reserve by mid-2018.

Graffiti is any writing or images applied to property without permission, is a costly burden on Council and its ratepayers; and can have negative impacts on local residents, traders and visitors to the area.

Street art is created legally with the permission of building owners/occupiers if that site is privately owned, and with the permission of Council if the site is council-owned.