Graffiti has become a scourge in Melbourne, especially along the train tracks through the suburbs, and on trams and trains.
It has hit Seymour and Nagambie as well. For some years the graffiti offenders have painted their tags and art on public property whenever and wherever they like.
Twenty-three years ago, I designed and painted a 150th celebration mural in Seymour on the sound shell wall in Goulburn Park.
Two years ago, Nagambie artists Valma Crerar and Bob Eaton teamed up with myself and some other local artists to repaint this mural to revitalise it.
Now, in mid year, I was approached by Mitchell Shire Mayor, Cr Rhonda Sanderson to see if I could repaint some graffiti which had been sprayed on the left side of the mural in Seymour.
I said I would repaint it after my medical issues, but wait until the warmer months.
Before Carols by Candlelight in Seymour’s sound shell, on December 3, my old work mate Renee Clarke and I spent four hours repainting the mural.
The shire and police are interested in finding out who the culprits are who are defacing much of the property across the shires, not just Seymour.
I heard that some person recently defaced the new classroom building at Nagambie Primary School.
It is hard to understand why these people do this type of thing. Do they want attention, or just don’t care about anyone’s property?
Rather than punishing them, I feel it is a shame we cannot have a graffiti wall that they could regularly place their art on, to keep their paint off other artwork around our shires.
Some of these graffiti artists create fabulous work. It’s a pity we cannot tap into their talents for good works to display. I would prefer they do it up front and with approval than as an act of cowardly vandalism.
— Diane Grant, Nagambie