Blue Mountains City Council


Prevention by Design Project

In the last financial year, BMCC was successful in receiving funding of $130,300.50 for the Graffiti Hotspot Program. That project delivered a number of key initiatives including:

  • Replacement of glass windows and doors at Blaxland Library and Community Centre.  
  • The Project also funded the cost of the application of anti-graffiti coating to the new glass surfaces above and on selected bus shelters at Springwood and Katoomba to protect them from future attacks. Windows of the Springwood Aquatic Centre were fitted with both a mural and anti graffiti film, while a fence was also installed along the western edge of the building.

The current Community Outcomes project ‘Prevention by Design’ has been awarded $90,000.000 under the Federal Government’s 2012 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Graffiti Prevention, Reduction and/or Removal funding program. 

The ‘Prevention By Design’ program is a diversionary and preventative graffiti management program in partnership with Mountains Youth Services Team. Young artists will attend master classes in design processes and public art to produce high standard works on high profile vandalised walls in town centres with the support of Council’s proposed Public Art Advisory Panel. Works will be in keeping with town centre and will be developed in consultation with Chambers of Commerce and local businesses through the project steering committee.

By creating and supporting areas of high quality street art, young people have the opportunity to participate in developing a vibrant civic environment. They are also encouraged to develop concept design and communication skills, professionalise the quality of their art forms while creating a powerful deterrent to further vandalism.

The Prevention by Design Project is supported by both Council’s Graffiti Management Plan 2010 and Council’s Draft Public Art Policy.

For more information on legal street art refer to SAMA, Street Art Murals Australia