Students from Ferny Hills State School and Patricks Road State School joined local residents and Cr Brian Battersby to finish a colourful nature scene chosen by the community for the large water reservoir.

Unitywater Acting Executive Manager, Infrastructure Services, Stephen Jewell said the Hutton Road Reservoir had suffered from recurring graffiti and, as a highly visible landmark, a positive change was needed.

“It costs Unitywater between $200 and $1500 to remove graffiti from our infrastructure and over the years these costs soon add up,” he said.

“Murals have been used by our industry peers and have proven successful in deterring repeat tagging, replacing blank walls with community art.

“This is one of the ways we are reducing our operating costs to keep bills as low as possible for our customers.”

To deliver the eye-catching artwork, Unitywater partnered with not-for-profit mural expert, Phantast.

President of Phantast, June Hintz, said their success in deterring future graffiti on their murals is down to using local disadvantaged youth and known taggers in the projects, working side-by-side with trained local artists.

“We find that graffiti artists are less likely to tag another artist’s work because they believe it should be respected,” she said.

This mural is the first in a series on Unitywater infrastructure to be rolled out across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions. 

For more information on Unitywater’s Mural Project visit: www.unitywater.com/muralsproject

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