Tackling graffiti, one mural at a time

As you make your way around Boroondara’s shopping centres and train stations you can’t help but notice a number of colourful murals that add vibrancy to our City.

Our murals’ striking colours and themes are a great addition to our City’s streetscapes, improving amenity and creating a place which the community can enjoy. More importantly, they discourage graffiti and vandalism around our shopping centres.

Council partners with the Victorian Government, local businesses, schools, scout groups, Victoria Police and other public authorities to deliver mural projects throughout Boroondara. Here’s a few that have been freshly painted.

Auburn Village

The wall along the pedestrian laneway between Auburn station and Auburn Road was often covered in graffiti.

A new world of colour now greets commuters and visitors at Auburn Village. Painted by renowned Melbourne street artist Makatron, with the help of a grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program, the mural has a nature theme, showcasing local plants and native wildlife. The intricate details provide a burst of life and colour and also play an important role in reducing graffiti tagging. 

Makatron received a lot of positive feedback from local residents, visitors and traders as the mural took shape, with locals complimenting his work and commenting on how different the laneway to the station appeared.

“This is a legacy to the community we can all be very proud of - we’ve all played a part in bringing it together”

- Peter Selar, President of Auburn Traders' Association

Linda Crescent, Hawthorn

At the recent Glenferrie Road Festival in March, three artists painted a mural on the wall of the Coles supermarket on Linda Crescent as tens of thousands of people swirled around them. The temporary mural was organised by Boroondara’s FReeZa Committee, a youth program which gives young people in Boroondara opportunities to get involved in arts, music and cultural events and activities across the City.

The artists were joined by a group of Swinburne University students who painted the mural throughout the day. Each artist applied a different artistic discipline, which they used to put their own individual take on the mural’s theme - flora and fauna through a youth lens.

Hartwell Shopping Centre

Juddy Roller Collective artist, Dvate, created a mural on the Hartwell underpass which reminds us of the area’s ‘old time’ charm and sparks some great memories for the community and visitors. After researching the history of the local neighbourhood and surrounds, Dvate put together an eye-catching artwork that celebrates Hartwell’s rich architectural and social history, featuring pre-settlement bushland and the flora and fauna of the area.

The mural features the Outer Circle Railway steam train, a nod to the speed and progress of Hartwell in the 1930s, and the former Regal Theatre which once stood proudly at the corner of Toorak and Camberwell roads from 1937 until 1959.

We continue to work with local businesses to make Boroondara’s shopping centres, laneways and public spaces more welcoming and vibrant through street art. Watch this space!

Reporting graffiti

Graffiti is an amenity issue for Council and our community. It is an eyesore, a waste of time and uses precious resources to remove it. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards acts of graffiti vandalism. Collaborations and a multi-faceted approach are integral to successful management of graffiti, like creating murals at local hot spots.

If you see graffiti in your local area, we encourage you to report it to the relevant authority.

For more information, visit our Graffiti removal page, call 9278 4444 or use the Snap Send Solve app (free to download from iTunes and Google Play store).