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Newcastle beach to get 'legal graffiti' wall

A "legal graffiti" wall will be established at South Newcastle Beach for a six month trial, as part of efforts by Newcastle council to clean up illegal graffiti in the area.

Councillors last night rejected a proposal for a zero tolerance approach to graffiti in the city and instead adopted the draft aerosol art agreement, which includes creating a register of artists.

Barney Langford, the coordinator of the Palais Youth Venue, which runs aerosol art courses, says the wall will have three components, a free-form area, as well as sections for senior artists.

"A free-form wall will be operated pretty much by the young people themselves, the second part is a senior artist wall and the third part is a mural wall," he said.

"Now, both the senior wall and the mural wall will require signing off by the reference group before any work can go up on those walls, so what we're doing is introducing an element of management to most of what will happen at South Newcastle Beach."

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