Interesting discussion, from an art point of view but graffiti is not an artistic point of view but a point of law.
If you have permission to place a drawing, mural, scratching etc, its all cool, if you don’t have permission then its vandalism which is a crime.
The fact that Fremantle council is finally joining reality has to be a good thing.
As comments by the mayor in the past have left Fremantle as a magnet for criminal vandals, taggers, etc, but encouraging graffiti by referring to it as art or looking for artistic merit, which gave Fremantle a dirty slum look in parts. Its not a good look for tourists and visitors to our city. Its also not a great attractor for investors or new business.
“The Sunday Times can reveal WA Police wrote to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt urging the council to reconsider its decision to no longer remove graffiti from public buildings if it is deemed to be art.
Instead, council officers will send photographs of the graffiti to the city’s public art advisory group to determine whether it should stay. Though the move has been welcomed by local artists, police complain it contradicts the State Government’s graffiti policy.
“Criminals will be drawn to the area,” the letter from the WA Police Community Engagement Division warned. “We know that 73 per cent of those apprehended in police operations … are engaging in other more serious offending behaviours, which will essentially encourage other crimes in the area.”
Police said it would also result in more damage on buses and trains, posed a risk to surrounding councils and would damage the port city’s tourism.”
Another great decision by our Mayor, well done. Its just poor policy followed by worse then 1/2 arsed attempts to fix the damage its caused. This has to be the worse decade Fremantle business and retail has ever seen?
Vandals have actually been reported by police to have said, that graffiti was ok in Fremantle as the mayor encouraged it.
The idea of saying vandalism has an artistic merit has to be considered an act of insanity, who is a local government to say its ok for some idiot to spray your house, fence, home, business, etc, because some fools on the council thinks it has artistic merit, please give me a break.
If someone chooses to have their property sprayed , painted, drawn on etc, while i may not like it, its not graffiti as they had permission to do it, which is the main point.
The heading for the story Vandalism or Art is just a distraction as the only point is permission or not, legal or not.
What is disturbing is the councils direction that goes against state law. Now we see more and more stupid positions taken by council are now being changed, to directions of common sense.
The Mayors idea to invite street begging in Freo, then months later once common sense comes home a tightening of laws, and restricting them. The same for inviting the homeless to Freos CBD, something Perth was stopping but our Mayor invites in only to change direction later, graffiti another poor decision to later rectified. The loss of Myers also no concern for our Mayor as he embraces bohemian quirky retail only later to admit that Fremantle needs quality retailers. Its just a litany of mistakes and back tracking on poor choices, causing years of damage to Fremantle’s retail sector, just seconds of common sense thought would have foretold the disaster coming. One step forward, 5 backwards.
Anti social behavior is killing CDB business we have seen in the past retailers state this, just yesterday I had friends tell me of sitting in the CBD area having street beggars harassing them for money in the la fresco dining area, then going into the cafe to harass diners for money only to have a mouthful of abuse for not handing over the cash. As it stands I believe we have more small businesses to leave Freo due to poor poor traffic and anti-social issues, both going hand in hand.
Now we see commissioned pieces of work down at the old navy stores vandalized, much harder to fix than a plain painted wall.
Fremantle will not have its renaissance of business without sorting out its anti-social issues, sadly these issues go hand in hand with our current council, that fails in will to rectify these issues. They are the ones who encouraged graffiti, vagrancy and anti-social behaviour, all having a negative impact on retail and business in Fremantle.
Homelessness is a serious issue and our state and federal governments need to do a better job addressing these community issues. Its not our councils job to attract these issues to our city and leave retail, business and residents to deal with the repercussions.