CONCERNS: Despite a rise in reports of graffiti and tagging, a new approach is delivering positive results to address the issue.
CONCERNS: Despite a rise in reports of graffiti and tagging, a new approach is delivering positive results to address the issue.

Street art tackles graffiti vandalism

COFFS Harbour City Council is taking new approaches to deter and erase graffiti vandalism from our region.

Each year the council spends more than $100,000 clearing tags and graffiti from the city's buildings, businesses and homes.

But a recent project that encouraged street art on traffic signal boxes as deterrence to problem graffiti, is now paving the way for a scope of similar initiatives in the region.

Coffs Harbour City Council's Tidy Towns Committee chair Cr Nan Cowling said the project has already delivered positive results

"We decided to try and defeat problem graffiti by encouraging artists to put their own graffiti down," she said.

"If it (graffiti art) is controlled, it can fit quite well, even in a regional setting

The success of the project has inspired the committee to organise padmount transformer and NBN distribution boxes to be painted in a similar fashion.

The Coffs Harbour CBD Masterplan committee is also planning to commission a graffiti art mural in a section of Cox Lane.

Speaking with the Coffs Coast Advocate earlier this year, Coffs Harbour artist Alexi Licklewicz said encouraging the art-form could see a range of positive results for the region's youth.

"It teaches graphic design and creativity to young people and it builds social interaction - that helps the community as a whole," she said.

Despite a recent rise in reports of problem graffiti, Cr Cowling said new approaches are needed to address the issue.

"The problem of graffiti is not going to be solved overnight, but we are going to solve it - if we keep at it, we'll get it done," she said.

The project also allowed artists to advertise their names on the street art to receive commissions from community members that responded to their work.

Coffs Harbour City Council has a policy in place to reward up to $5000 for anyone who supplies information leading to a conviction.

 

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