Yangebup Progress Association Freight-line mural

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Five people stand in front of a colourful mural stretching along the multiple fences.

A graffiti hotspot in Yangebup has been turned into a success story demonstrating the collaboration, creativity and perseverance of a local community group.  

Hotspots often occur in high visibility locations, creating an unsightly look for the whole neighbourhood. Long-standing hotspots are frustrating for the community and can attract more graffiti to the area. 

Back fences of houses on Larkspur Cross in Yangebup, overlooking the freight train line, have been repeatedly vandalised for many years. The land is overseen by ARC Infrastructure, who operate the freight train network. Whilst rapid removal is a proven deterrent for graffiti, there were safety considerations around repeated access to the land.   

A preventative solution was needed.

Enter Yangebup Progress Association (YPA).  

In an innovative collaboration, two mural designs by urban artist Baz Emerald were created and put up for a community vote. A design featuring native wattle was chosen and applied to the fence over Summer 2021/22. The mural was brush painted on the rough surface, specially designed using block colours for easy touch-ups and to remain vibrant over time.  

To date, there has been no vandalism at the site and this artwork will brighten up the neighbourhood for years to come. YPA president Maggie Zentner says “It just goes to show, we as residents, do have a voice and we can and will be heard.”  

Thanks to the YPA, City of Cockburn and Counsellor Philip Eva, Arc Infrastructure, and artist Baz Emerald.   

Before & After

Graffiti covered fence

Graffiti covered fence