Two new murals in the heart of the Bentleigh shopping precinct are helping to deter graffiti vandals, thanks to a grant from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos represented Minister for Crime Prevention Ben Carroll at Saturday’s official opening of the I am and Floating home murals, which were commissioned as part of Glen Eira City Council’s Brightening Bentleigh project.

The I am mural is located on the corner of Centre Road and Vickery Street, while Floating home is situated in the Bentleigh Plaza laneway, off Centre Road.

The project was funded with $26,592 from the government’s 2018–19 Graffiti Prevention Grants program, with the council making a co-contribution of $5450.

Local artists Carla Gottgens and Hayden Dewar worked with young people to create the two murals, which improve the area’s visual appearance and discourage graffiti vandals from tagging the same walls.

Warner Youth Education also ran a series of graffiti-prevention workshops for students from McKinnon Secondary College, Bentleigh Secondary College and Glen Eira College.

The Andrews Government supported the project in response to an increasing number of complaints in recent years about graffiti vandalism in Bentleigh.

The Graffiti Prevention Grants program provides funding of up to $30,000 to support local councils to partner with community groups that want to tackle illegal graffiti and make public spaces more inviting for residents.

The Andrew Labor Government has provided nearly $1.8 million in grant funding to 91 Graffiti Prevention Grant projects since 2015, including 19 projects supported in the 2018–19 round of grants.

The Brightening Bentleigh grant was in addition to a $203,020 grant Glen Eira City Council received through the government’s 2018-19 Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF).

The PSIF grant is funding a range of amenity and public safety improvements in the Bentleigh Plaza laneway, including new lighting and street furniture and improved pathways.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

 “Brightening Bentleigh has been an innovative response to local graffiti vandalism, as it has funded two new murals and a series of graffiti-prevention workshops for school students.”  

“I congratulate everyone involved in delivering this important project.”

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