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MEDIA RELEASE - Young artists invited to paint Mitchell Park

5 July 2017

Young budding artists are invited to test their street art skills this weekend to help transform a local park with colourful and creative murals.

The Portland Mitchell Park Mural Workshop will be held on Sunday 9 July between 10am – 2pm at Mitchell Park, Portland and will offer Glenelg Shire youth the unique chance to design and paint graffiti prevention street art murals.

Lead project artist Gene Stewart said the event was open to all young people and all design skills and abilities were welcomed.

“It doesn’t matter if you paint regularly, or if you haven’t painted at all, come along on Sunday to play your part in helping to rejuvenate Mitchell Park into an inviting and contemporary space,” he said.

“The murals will also become part of the region’s growing street art program, so the workshop will provide you the rare opportunity to further add to the quality and diversity of public art in the south-west.

“If you are interested in coming along please contact council’s Youth Development Officer to reserve your place for Sunday’s workshop.”

The Portland Mitchell Park Mural event is part of the Don’t Take a Fence graffiti prevention program funded by the Department of Justice.

The program is currently being rolled out across the shire with a street art mural designed and painted by young local artists at the Casterton Skate park and a further street art mural workshops to be organised for Heywood.

As part of the program, graffiti prevention kits are also available for community members to hire to help reduce the spread of graffiti in their local neighbourhood.

These kits, known as Graff-Attack Packs, contain a graffiti removal system which removes spraycan, texta, and feltpen marker from brick, concrete, painted and other sensitive surfaces.

The Graff-Attack Packs are available to borrow free of charge at Glenelg Shire Council customer service centres in Casterton, Heywood and Portland.

For further information on the Graff-Attack Packs please visit the Glenelg Shire website at

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