SAFER FOR KIDS: Captain Gregg Miller and artist Narani Henson with the mural.
SAFER FOR KIDS: Captain Gregg Miller and artist Narani Henson with the mural. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade hoses down graffiti taggers

BYRON Bay Rural Fire Brigade members have painted their own tag on the back of their shed at Suffolk Park in an attempt to deter graffitists.

After repeatedly painting over graffiti and putting up warning signs around the playground next to the station to try to deter the criminals, the brigade turned to creating its own mural to provide a safer environment for children who play at the park.

Brigade captain Gregg Wilson said he was "sick and tired" of seeing profanity and inappropriate images tagged on the back wall of the station.

He decided the next step would be to commission local artist Narani Henson to create the 2m-high work which features a fireman - who looks alarmingly similar to Mr Wilson - and Australian wildlife.

Mr Wilson said the brigade hoped the artwork would bring a new life to the park.

"We wanted to create something the children would like but we also hope it will deter graffiti artists who deface the children's playground or drink in the park," he said.

"I know graffiti 'artists' have an unofficial rule where they don't destroy another person's work and I hope that transfers to the mural we've had painted, too."

Ms Henson is also a mother whose young daughter and friends play at the park.

She said she hoped the mural would make the park a safer place for her children to play.

"It goes without saying that it's important to every parent to make sure their child is safe," Ms Henson said. "However, I really wanted to create something that was colourful and bright and represented the fire station and the work they do."

Work on the mural was sponsored by the Suffolk Park Hotel and Ecolour Paints.


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