Youth take charge on graffiti prevention


The Bass Coast community is continuing to combat graffiti for the second year running, with Bass Coast Shire Council again selected to undertake a graffiti prevention project by the Department of Community Crime Prevention.

The project, an innovative digital media project, will be youth-led and facilitated in partnership with Chisholm TAFE, Wonthaggi Business Association, Wonthaggi Police and Council.

Year 11 and 12 Chisholm TAFE VCAL students will work with local digital media company, Drift Media, to research graffiti and develop digital anti-graffiti film clips to raise awareness in the community about graffiti prevention.

Last year’s project, ‘Stop Tagging, Start Street Art’, was a finalist in the Tidy Towns Awards in both the Youth Leadership and Partnerships categories for the mural painted by Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Satellite VCAL students and local artists in Abrahams Lane in Wonthaggi.

“The success of the Abraham’s Lane project gave Council and other key partners the confidence and reputation with the Department of Community Crime Prevention to tackle another Graffiti Prevention project,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said.

“This upcoming project will aim to have a ripple effect across young people in our community, as the digital clips will hone a message that has been generated by young people, for young people.”

Bass Coast’s Youth Resource Police Officer will work closely with and learn from both students and Drift Media throughout the project, sharing evidence and exploring digital and media techniques that address and communicate the causes and impacts of graffiti to the community.