Published On 26 June 2019 at 04:00 PM
I’m extremely proud to say that Sutherland Shire Council was a finalist at the 2019 Local Government Professionals Excellence Awards (NSW) last week, in recognition of our hugely successful community crime prevention project Walk the Walls. There were over 150 nominations submitted from more than 60 councils state wide, so it was an amazing achievement to be listed as a finalist in the category of “Community Partnerships and Collaboration”.
Excitingly, we also announced in February that Walk the Walls will be coming to Cronulla this year, with Sutherland Shire Council to again host the popular street art festival, following a $75,000 investment from the NSW Government. We will build on the success of last year’s Walk the Walls festival in Caringbah, reducing graffiti vandalism and activating the local economy. The 2019 festival will be conducted in conjunction with Australian Music Week and in partnership with local businesses, community organisations and young people, showing our continued commitment to crime prevention across Sutherland Shire. The event will be a drawcard for thousands of visitors and residents alike, as local, Indigenous and national artists paint large scale murals in the suburb’s CBD and rail corridors, whilst they enjoy great live music and food stalls. Congratulations everyone involved. I can’t wait to see you at Walk the Walls Cronulla in November!
- Carmelo Pesce
- Sutherland Shire Mayor