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Images of Canberra – Civic Skate Park

By johnboy - 18 January 2007 102

Miranda’s tour of the skate parks continues. This time with the urban desolation of Civic.

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simbo 8:28 pm 06 Feb 07

Yes, my god, two kids who do this kind of thing moved on to do grafiti art. Obviously we should ban it.

Just as at least two blokes who have tried alcohol have turned into drunken deros – so we must ban alcohol.

You know it makes sense, Bonfire…

bonfire 8:18 pm 06 Feb 07

From todays Herald Sun:

Council class ‘sparked graffiti spree’
February 06, 2007

TWO New South Wales youths involved in a tagging vandalism spree in Melbourne’s train yards got interested in graffiti through council youth art programs, a court was told today.

The vandals posed as workers for the Connex suburban rail network by wearing reflective vests as they tagged several trains. Their efforts caused about $10,000 damage to a Connex Siemens train at the Newport rail yard.

Connex has had to withdraw almost half of its 72 Siemens trains from service in recent weeks, after a series of unexplained brake failures.

Today, Brendan Ussher, 22, of Cardiff, near Newcastle, Mark Cameron, 21, of Hamilton, Newcastle, and Martin Weir, 18, of Tamworth, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to damaging property and trespass.

Ussher and Weir arrived in Melbourne from Sydney between January 29 and February 1 this year, Leading Senior Constable Cameron Cunningham said.

They filmed themselves while they caused $10,000 damage to a Connex train at the Newport railyard in the early hours of February 3, during an organised gathering of graffiti artists.

Later that day, Cameron joined the pair and they scouted locations to target that night.

In the early hours of February 4, the trio caused almost $1000 worth of damage to a passenger train at the V-Line Spencer Street railyard.

On this occasion, they wore bright orange vests to pose as Connex workers.

They then went to the North Melbourne rail yards and caused about $2000 damage to a train.

The next day, the trio returned to Spencer Street rail yards where waiting police arrested Cameron. Officers later caught Weir and Ussher at another location.

Acting for Weir, Peter Clarebrough told the court his client was interested in graffiti as art and had painted murals voluntarily for his local council.

“He first got into it when the council set up a legal wall where young people could go,” Mr Clarebrough said.

He said Weir was in “extraordinary shock” after having spent a night in jail and his journey to Melbourne was a trip he now regrets.

Acting for Ussher, Greg Thomas said his client also had been involved in creating murals for Newcastle Council and had taken part in a program where he discouraged other young people from illegal graffiti.

“In a sense, these offences are connected very much with youth … a sense of art or a sense of adventure,” Mr Thomas said.

Acting for Cameron, Peter Schumpeter said his client had found his night in jail “terrifying” and asked Magistrate Peter Lauritsen not to impose an immediate term of imprisonment.

The trio will spend another night in jail tonight, before being assessed for a community based order tomorrow.
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This is my favourite part:

Acting for Weir, Peter Clarebrough told the court his client was interested in graffiti as art and had painted murals voluntarily for his local council.

“He first got into it when the council set up a legal wall where young people could go,” Mr Clarebrough said.

Moral of the story – its not art its vandalism and the entire graffiti culture rests on illegal destruction of public and private property.

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