The “Welcome to Wezza” mural was done by a group of at-risk and disadvantaged youths and will not be a permanent feature.
Wyndham chief executive Kelly Grisgby said the mural at the future Cherry Street car park was done by students from the Werribee Community and Education Centre “who viewed the message as welcoming and inclusive”.
The students were not paid for the art work.
The mural, which is located on a wall along the old Werribee Hyundai site and reads “Welcome to Wezza”, was first spotted by Star Weekly staff yesterday.
“Wyndham City councillors and members of the community have voiced their concerns about the mural, and there was certainly no intent to cause offense,” Ms Grigsby said.
“The blank wall at the new car park site was seen as an opportunity to allow a group of young people to express themselves through street art.
“The mural was only ever intended to be temporary, and we will be looking at what to fill the space with next week.”
Ms Grigsby’s comments come after Wyndham councillor Glenn Goodfellow branded the graffiti-style mural inappropriate.
In a Facebook post put up on his councillor profile earlier today, Cr Goodfellow said he plans to move an item of urgent business at Monday night’s council meeting calling for the removal of the street art.
“We all know that public art is there to generate debate and conversation and by God it has,” Cr Goodfellow wrote.
“While I understand the concept of the artwork I think it is not appropriate and should never of been allowed.”
What do you think of the work? Do you like it, love it, think it’s an eyesore?