Council cleans up with top awards at Graffiti Removal Day awards

26/11/2019

Georges River Council was acknowledged for its outstanding achievements at this
year’s Graffiti Removal Day at an award ceremony held at NSW Parliament House
on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Georges River Council won $1000 in prize money and took two of the top awards
including ‘Best Contribution by a Council’ and ‘Best Mural’ presented by the NSW
Attorney General, Mark Speakman and Minister for Local Government, Shelley
Hancock.

Graffiti Removal Day was held on 27 October 2019 and included the involvement of
53 Councils across NSW and over 3000 individual volunteers.

Mayor Kevin Greene attended the awards ceremony and accepted both awards on
behalf of Georges River Council and said it was an honour to have the team
involved in the planning and execution of the mural also in attendance.

“Council has been acknowledged for the high level of participation that the mural
attracted from within the local community,” said Mayor Greene.

“We had over 500 students from Blakehurst Public School and St Joseph’s Catholic
School, along with 75 children from Council’s Child Care Centres involved in the
creation of the mural by creating individual art tiles that formed part of the overall
mural.

“Council also received a highly commended for the significant focus on educating
local students and their families on the importance of preventing vandalism and
graffiti in public spaces which the mural at Carss Park provided.

“We opted to get creative rather than simply removing the graffiti, which is a
business-as-usual activity, with staff having removed over 3,500 graffiti tags over
the past 12 months.

“The mural was completed on the day, with a further 40 individual tiles painted by
local children and volunteers.

“Additionally, a native garden was created in front of the amenities block which has
transformed the entire site into a beautiful space for the community,” added Mayor
Greene.