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PEOPLE living near sky rail fear it will become a “concrete canvas” for graffiti vandals if the latest “artwork” is anything to go by.
New plywood boxes around gantries along the rail corridor in Murrumbeena and Carnegie, part of preliminary sky rail planning works, have already been graffitied with blue spray-paint.
Dianne Hunt, Secretary of Lower Our Tracks Inc, said the tags appeared within a couple of days of the boards going up, and was setting their expected precedent for vandalism along the sky rails concrete pylons.
“It’ll be a haven for graffiti artists,” Ms Hunt said.
“The pillars will be up to 9m high and it will just be a challenge for them. There won’t be anything that can stop them unless they are caged or something. All along the corridor will be graffitied, within days or weeks.
“It will be huge amounts of concrete canvas to work off.”
Ms Hunt said she wasn’t at all surprised about the graffiti and was concerned about the cost to remove it in the future.
Level Crossing Removal Authority project director Brett Summers the tagging would be removed and they were implementing a number of initiatives to protect against it.
People living near the proposed sky rail fear this is what it will end up looking like.“Graffiti and vandalism is reckless and unnecessary,” Mr Summers said.
“The five new stations we are building will be well-lit, have extensive CCTV coverage, and will be staffed by PSOs every evening.”
He said an expert panel, which would include representatives from Victoria Police, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the local community, would oversee the establishment of the new open space underneath the rail line, and a trust had been established to fund its ongoing maintenance.
“These measures will help prevent graffiti and ensure the new parks, paths and community infrastructure we build is safe, green and well looked after in the long term,” Mr Summers said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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