Published On 19 February 2019 at 10:45 AM
Walk the Walls is coming to Cronulla, with Sutherland Shire Council set to once again host the hugely successful street art project following a $75,000 investment from the NSW Government.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce was joined by Attorney General and Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman to announce the 2019 joint project that will build on the success of the Walk the Walls festival in Caringbah to reduce graffiti vandalism in Cronulla CBD.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said the festival will be conducted in partnership with local businesses, community organisations and young people and will see an array of street artist beautify the streets of Cronulla, while the masses watch on and enjoy live music and food stalls.
“I’m thrilled that the NSW Government has recognised the success of past projects and is again making a strong commitment to crime prevention in our area,” Councillor Pesce said.
“Cronulla is Sutherland Shire’s entertainment hub and by partnering with the State we’ll be able to beautify another one of our suburbs just as we did through Caringbah Walk The Walls. This will bring even more business to the local economy and tackle graffiti vandalism,”
In 2018, 34 artists decorated 23 walls during the Caringbah festival.
This year, Surf Lane, Cronulla Street and Purley Place are just some of the locations that will be given a spectacular makeovers during the muti-day festival.
“The results have been incredible with graffiti plummeting in the area and all murals still intact,” Mr Speakman said.
The event will be a drawcard for thousands of visitors and residents as local, Indigenous and national artists paint large scale murals in the suburb’s CBD and rail corridors. Artworks will be protected by anti-graffiti coatings.
The Walk The Walls festival will be funded with a $75,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Safer Community Compact program and Sutherland Shire Council will be contributing $25,000 to the project.
The dates for Cronulla’s Walk the Walls festival are yet to be finalised.