Graffiti is an ongoing and expensive problem faced not only by the Public Transport Authority (PTA), but the entire community.
The PTA spends $2.5 million annually cleaning up after vandals who systematically deface assets provided for the benefit of the whole community.
In 2008, after extensive youth consultation, the PTA, through their community education program Right Track, began the Urban Art program – a targeted project involving young people working with internationally-recognised public artists to transform graffiti hotspots into legitimate works of art.
The Urban Art program consists of a series of workshops facilitated by an artist where young people learn the difference between vandalism and art, have the opportunity to build on existing skills and learn about potential career pathways, as well as work towards a unit of competency for their Certificate II in General Education for Adults (CGEA).
The program has transformed 34 graffiti hotspots over the course of the ten years it has been running. It has been highly effective at stopping tagging and graffiti vandalism at those sites, in some cases the murals have not been vandalised since they were installed over ten years ago.
For more information on upcoming opportunities contact PTA’s Right Track officer on 9326 2055 or email email@example.com
To see some of our past projects visit our online gallery showing all the public art on our network visit