Youths take to toilet block with paint
MACULATA family park was given a splash of colour yesterday when more than 25 youths took to the toilet block with paint.
Local artists Annie Clarke and Gary Dalton recruited regular park users to paint a multicultural mural at the popular Riverview playground which was once a graffiti minefield.
Ms Clarke said the project, a collaboration between Riverview Community Centre and Goodna Youth Outreach, aimed to provide the kids with something to be proud of.
"We wanted to get the youth of the park involved to let them take some ownership of the space," Ms Clarke said. "It was also designed to show the elders in the area that the kids do believe in the community and want to be involved."
The three-day task was sponsored by Ipswich City Councillor Victor Attwood who called for more street art in public spaces to reduce vandalism.
"When you do this type of street art, it has a major impact in reducing tagging and other graffiti offences in the area as kids feel like they have some sort of ownership," he said.
"It's a great initiative … it helps to bring kids of all different nationalities together and gives them something to do in the school holidays."