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A number of Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs legends have today joined the City’s Administrator to unveil the Think Safe, Be Smart art mural on the rail underpass outside Belmore Sports Ground.
The Safety Street Art Project is a joint crime prevention initiative between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Club and Council, which aims to engage at-risk youth.
Richard Colley said this particular project encouraged youth to participate in the creation of a mural to promote a sense of community safety, activate the site and deter vandalism.
Mr Colley commended the program, which was painted by artist, Tom McDonald, with the help of 17 youths, last school holidays.
“Like all cities, we face a graffiti problem so we are forced to devote a significant amount of time and resources removing it from around 800 local sites each year,” Mr Colley said.
“But it’s more important we address the matter at the grass roots, through education.
“So, with the help of some NSW Government funding, we have joined forces with the Bulldogs to show how we can all work together to get the message out and celebrate our rich sporting history at the same time.”
The mural, designed and produced by artist Tom McDonald, with the help of 17 local youths, captures Bulldogs’ legends Steve Mortimer, Terry Lamb, Hazem El Masri, Dr George Peponis and Andrew Ryan, along with current five-eighth Josh Reynolds.
Mr Lamb said he was proud the community thought of him as one of their own and thanked them for including him in the mural.
“I’m very proud to have been a part of the Bulldogs since 1984 and I’m happy to see these young artists have made me look good and tall for such an important cause,” Mr Lamb said who also had some important advice for today’s youth.
“It’s important for young people to learn from their mistakes and try to avoid peer pressure situations and bullying,” he said.
The mural was unveiled on-site at the underpass outside Belmore Sports Ground.
15/08/2017 11:24 AM