16 August 2017

Call for local heroes so new mural can make its mark on Woden

| Ian Bushnell
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The winning concept design for the mural to be painted on the Corinna Chambers wall in Melrose Drive.

The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) is looking for local heroes to populate a new mural on Melrose Drive.

The WVCC is calling on the community to nominate Woden residents who over the years have contributed to the social wellbeing of the area to appear on the mural.

After an Expression of Interest process and assessment of submitted concept designs, WVCC has commissioned Geoff Filmer of Graffik Paint to design and paint the mural.

His winning concept design includes features and faces of Woden.

WVCC said the mural, to be located at Corinna Chambers, aimed to deter tagging and at the same time provide an artistic piece that is valued by the community.

WVCC president Fiona Carrick said the council had allocated $5000 for the project and the ACT Government would pay for the paint and a protective cover for the mural.

“We want something on the wall that people as they’re driving past can recognise as Woden,” she said.

“It’s also a community building exercise so we can develop a bit of ownership of Woden.”

She said it was part of a rolling program of street art in the area.

The project comes as the ACT Government mounts a campaign against graffiti in Canberra.

Nominations, with a photo and a short outline of the contribution made to the community, should be sent to president@wvcc.org.au by Friday 8 September 2017.

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