PUBLIC ART: One of the more than 1000 made-over traffic boxes in Brisbane.
PUBLIC ART: One of the more than 1000 made-over traffic boxes in Brisbane.

Council gives green light to jazz up our traffic boxes

AN ARTISTIC makeover is on the way for some signature roadside installations.

Coffs Harbour City Council has given the green light to a creative community concept to improve the city's streetscapes by painting the traffic signal boxes which line the highway.

One of the key drivers of the plan, Fran Stephenson, passionately argued for the council's support at Thursday night's regular meeting.

Ms Stephenson said the city had 15 traffic boxes and all were defaced by graffiti and so were in desperate in need of artistic upgrades.

"Artists respect the art of each other and the experience of other councils in Australia as well as in the UK, USA and New Zealand was all very positive," Ms Stephenson said.

"Similar Artside the Box projects have all been very successful community projects."

Ms Stephenson said The City of Brisbane Council had now facilitated the transformation of more than 1000 traffic boxes, 88 had been done in Canterbury Council and 47 in Leichhardt.

"We have artists, art supplies and volunteers ready to go," she said.

"This is a project which will help decrease graffiti, involve the community and improve the look of the city for locals, visitors and passing motorists.

"On the City of Brisbane Council website there's a comment that art on the street is a sign of a healthy community."

Coffs Harbour City Council approved an initial allocation of $4000 from the 2013/14 budget, meaning the painting of the traffic boxes could start as early as July this year.



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