Wollongong City Council’s Michael Callender inspects graffiti yesterday at the Bellambi surf club hit by taggers just days after news of plans to put murals there. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOBellambi Surf Life Saving Club has been plastered with fresh graffiti just days after plans were unveiled to revive the building with murals painted by schoolchildren.On Saturday, the Mercury reported Aboriginal artist Kevin Butler had spent three weeks working with children at Bellambi Public School to create eight mural boards for the surf club’s walls.But by Tuesday afternoon, vandals had again left their mark on the building.Wollongong City Council spends thousands of dollars each year removing graffiti from the building – a vandalism hot spot.RELATED COVERAGE ————————————- Woonona playground moved because of hoons Balgownie Public School attacked by vandals Two weeks of destruction across the Illawarra ————————————————————“It’s extremely disappointing to see that the Bellambi surf club has been hit once again by vandals,” a council spokeswoman said yesterday. The council had inspected the site and contacted police about the incident.The mural boards, each 2.4m high and 1.2m wide, are expected to be on the walls within weeks. It is hoped they will deter vandals from using the surf club walls as a blank canvas and instil community pride in the building.”The murals were designed and painted by students to reduce the amount of graffiti occurring on the building and give back some ownership to the children, families and residents in Bellambi,” the council spokeswoman said.The council’s director of community, cultural and library services, Illana Halliday, last week described the mural project as “a great initiative that not only helps prevent graffiti, but teaches younger children about the cost of graffiti to the community”.
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