Pain ting a mur al a co s tly bu­sine s s

Central Leader - - News - B y L i s a S l o a n

A group of Mt Al­bert par­ents want to give their chil­dren some­thing other than graffi t i to look at ev­ery day.

They are fundrais­ing to paint a mu­ral on the back wall of the Shell petrol sta­tion on the cor­ner of New North Rd and Kitenui St.

The 25-me­tre wide brick wall is reg­u­larly van­dalised de­spite own­ers paint­ing out the tags each time.

It can be seen by chil­dren in class­rooms at Marist Pri­mary School and is an eye­sore for lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents.

The group needs to raise around $15,000 to make the mu­ral hap­pen.

“This will bring peo­ple to­gether and help to erad­i­cate graffi ti be­cause peo­ple are sick of see­ing it up all the time,” says par­ent Ge­off Brown.

“It would be nice to have some­thing for kids to look at rather than see­ing tags.”

Mr Brown and his wife Tracey Pavlovich-Brown have been work­ing with res­i­dent Colleen Deane and lo­cal par­ents for the past year to get the project off the ground.

They have sup­port from Shell, the school and lo­cal busi­nesses but need to fi n d be­tween $15,000 and $20,000 for paint and ma­te­ri­als.

Ms Pavlovich-Brown has of­fered to paint the mu­ral, which will be themed around Mt Al­bert his­tory and Ki­wiana.

She says chil­dren and par­ents meet at the wall be­fore and af­ter school each day and it would be nice to see a mu­ral in­stead of graffi ti there.

“The kids of­ten com­ment on the tag­ging on the wall and it would be great to get the com­mu­nity be­hind this.”

Shell spokes­woman Sheila Klien­di­enst says the com­pany is be­hind the mu­ral project and will con­trib­ute $1000 to- wards the cost. “This is a pos­i­tive step to ward off graffi t i and a mu­ral would be much more benefi cial to the com­mu­nity.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate money to the project, email Ge­off on 5brown­ies@ xtra.co.nz or Colleen Deane on padraig@ihug.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

A r t v i s i o n :

Mt Al­ber t ar tist Tracey Pavlovich- Brown, with d a u g h t e r M a l i a , wa n t s t o s e e a mura l p a i n t e d o n t h e b a ck o f a f r e q u e n t l y t a g g e d wa l l b e h i n d t h e S h e l l s t a t i o n o n Kitenui St.

B i g m e s s :

Graf­fiti on the petrol sta­tion wa ll, pho­togra p h e d i n N ovem b e r.

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