Street art gets public tag in Werribee

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The walls of two Werribee businesses will be adorned with public art in a bid to curb graffiti.

Wyndham council has received a $15,000 state government grant to beautify two graffiti hotspots by commissioning public art.

Council chief executive Kelly Grigsby said the walls of Vincent’s Pizza and Pasta, in Vincent Crescent, and Curl Up ‘N Dye With Rebecca hairdressers, in Comben Drive, were nominated.

Ms Grigsby said the council would run an expressions of interest process that would be open to all artists with a connection to Wyndham.

“Details of the project are currently being finalised and it is expected that the artworks will be completed by the end of this financial year,” she said.

“Art submissions from youth up to the age of 25 will be prioritised, however all members of the community will be eligible to apply.”

Wyndham was one of 23 councils to receive funding as part of the graffiti prevention grants program.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said the grants were part of a state government push to prevent crime and clean up local streets.

“Illegal graffiti and tagging is a stain on our local neighbourhoods – making residents feel unsafe and costing communities thousands of dollars to remove,” she said.