Lead artist Kane Brunjes, project co-ordinator Olivia Everitt and Bronte Naylor help a group of students paint a mural at the Murgon PCYC at a previous art project.
Lead artist Kane Brunjes, project co-ordinator Olivia Everitt and Bronte Naylor help a group of students paint a mural at the Murgon PCYC at a previous art project. Michael Nolan

Young artists to combat graffiti at free holiday project

A CREATIVE way to curb graffiti will involve young people harnessing their inner artist during the school holidays.

New artwork will gradually transform the amenities block in the Murgon town centre next week.

Project co-ordinator Olivia Everitt said the community was encouraged to take part in the project.

"It's an opportunity for young people to contribute to how their community looks, it's a really visual way of showcasing the town's identity and telling the story,” Mrs Everitt said.

They will be using a combination of paints, aerosols and spray-paints on the inside and outside of the toilet block near the Murgon Visitor Information Centre.

"There will be opportunities to use brushes, rollers, aerosol stencils and different opportunities to learn a range of painting techniques,” Mrs Everitt said.

Lead artist Kane Brunjes, who grew up in Murgon, will be co-ordinating the project design and helping the youth with the mural.

"He's done some incredible public art projects over the past few years,” Mrs Everitt said.

The project will run in conjunction with the South Burnett PCYC.

"School holidays are a great time to run activities, there's lots of young people around looking for something to do,” Mrs Everitt said.

Planning for the arts initiative was launched when the South Burnett Regional Council identified the ongoing issue with graffiti and vandalism around the Murgon toilet block.

They investigated the beautification project after the success of the recent revitalisation of the visitor information centre which involved South Burnett artists creating a mural of local icons.

Artwork is commonly used to target vandalism in public spaces.

"Research shows when artwork is used to engage as a tool with those behaviours it builds that ownership and community pride in those areas and they are left alone,” Mrs Everitt said.

The arts project is also supported by the council and funded by the regional arts fund.

"Please come down, even if you can pop down for half an hour,” Mrs Everitt said.

"You are welcome to stay as long as you like and and paint.”

The sessions will be informal and morning tea and snacks will be provided.

The art project will run from 10am to 3pm on Monday, September 30, Tuesday October 1 and Wednesday October 2 at the Lamb St toilet blocks in Murgon.

South Burnett

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