Youth mu­ral bright­ens lack­lus­tre street

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell and Robert Dougherty

Who­ever said graf­fiti was bad has never seen the trans­for­ma­tion of Broome’s Mat­sumoto Street.

The run-down area was given a re­cent facelift by com­mu­nity groups and school chil­dren, guided by Broome Youth Street Art Projects Work­ing Group and artists Ge­orge Dom­ahidy, Martha Lee and Vanessa Mar­getts.

The project, com­pleted last week, tar­geted chil­dren aged 12 to 17 and was funded by the Com­mu­nity Arts Net­work. Red Cross youth health and well­be­ing pro­grams team leader Leah Rak­abun­del said it was a space that needed to be bright­ened up.

“This site was cho­sen by youth as it’s a busy thor­ough­fare for young peo­ple walk­ing to and from high school,” she said.

“It was orig­i­nally a big grey wall cov­ered with graf­fiti — lots of names from peo­ple writ­ing there over the years.”

The vi­brant art­work stretches about 30m and cov­ers a drain with the sea­sons of Broome and an­i­mals and plants de­picted.

“We have had a good, suc­cess­ful run this year do­ing a few of th­ese dur­ing the school hol­i­days,” Ms Rak­abun­del said.

“We are hop­ing to se­cure some more fund­ing next year and do more in the July or Septem­ber hol­i­days as a school hol­i­day pro­gram.”

Other com­mu­nity groups in­volved in the event in­cluded Aus­tralian Red Cross Broome, Broome Youth and Fam­i­lies Hub, Pop­u­la­tion Health, Broome Nyamba Buru Yawuru, the po­lice and a num­ber of vol­un­teers.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Le­hani Zevzekidis, 10, af­ter spray paint­ing a new mu­ral on Mat­sumoto Street with Keanna Wil­liams, 11, Shyanne Cook, 9, Tehlayah Martin, 6, and Saskia Ishiguchi, 7.

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