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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Remove artwork, shopkeeper warned


28 Sep, 2010 12:00 AM

A FLEMINGTON businesswoman has been left dumbfounded after Moonee Valley Council issued an enforcement order for the removal of a mural from her shop because it is not heritage-appropriate.

But Janelouise says the mural on her Pin Oak Crescent florist’s shop was created with paint given to her by the council to deal with a graffiti¬†problem.

She has been told she has until October 6 to remove the artwork.

Ms louise said the front of her shop had been a regular target for taggers and a previous attempt to put a more traditional painting on the front had also been promptly defaced.

She said that when she received paint from the council to fix the problem she set about painting a modern graffiti-style artwork at the front of her shop, which soon became a community project.

“A bunch of locals joined in to help paint it. We had children here, some elderly residents, some disabled residents, lots of people who came past, took it on and worked on it day and night.

“There’s no way I’m going to just paint over it - I’m going to take it¬†further.”

The enforcement order received by Ms Louise states that the artwork contravenes the Planning and Environment Act 1987 as it’s not in heritage colours.

If the order is not acted on, Ms Louise could be issued an on-the-spot fine or the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal could be used to enforce the order.

“The alternative, painting over it with one colour, would make a blank canvas for tagging and graffiti,” Ms louise said.

“What the council is saying is ridiculous.”

Myrnong ward councillor Rose Iser has moved successfully for a report from the council’s chief executive to explore the policy options to allow artwork in heritage areas.

“Before the artwork was created, the wall was covered in graffiti tags. And while the artwork is modern, challenging and edgy, it is a vast improvement on what was there before,” Cr Iser said. The council will investigate the matter.


the mural! The council has taken a ridiculous position on the Pinoak Crescent mural. I pass the shop at least twice a day and much prefer the interesting modern mural to the unsightly graffiti that abounds in the area. Get real Council! A blank canvas only invites more graffiti. LEAVE IT ALONE,

Posted by judik, 28/09/2010 8:06:27 PM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

remove artwork shopkeeper warned.. what a joke..to the shopkeeper stand your ground…12months ago a business next door.to flemington cycles.painted over the old newmarkettavern sign on the side wall where child care center is now. on racecourse rd the old pub site…that sign was there for past 60years plus…a flemington icon it was..but a sign buisiness which only lasted 6months just painted over it with 1coat of yuk green..where is the heritage for that? did anyone notice? ive lived in flem for 20years..keep that display shopkeeper, dont be bullied by council.. ithink it got charactor..just like flemington…shopkeeper im on your side..frank from flemington.

Posted by flemfrank, 28/09/2010 9:21:36 PM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

When are councils going to leave us alone?

Posted by Get Lost, 29/09/2010 9:49:27 AM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

What a load of rubbish! Council need to get their act together and review this matter ASAP. This must be a mistake. The battle with grafitti as a shop owner is an on-going, never ending and frustrating, uphill journey. I actually really enjoy modern street art, especially murals, although I hate tags and scratchies on my business window. I can understand why the council comissioned this work in the first place, I personally think it suits the shop and it is all removable, WAKE UP COUNCIL.

Posted by local owner, 29/09/2010 11:11:27 AM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

Jane-Louise has spent many hours in the past attempting to defer taggers with artworks on this space. As a local resident I have always enjoyed her work whether traditional or, as described above, “edgy”. This work is by far a preferable option to tagging. If the Council was so concerned about respecting the heritage concerns of the area, they would have a hard time dealing with all the infringements out there, some of which they have condoned and in fact contributed to themselves.

Posted by Local Art Lover, 29/09/2010 11:29:00 AM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

If the painting was on the inside of a shop window and not on the outside there would not be a discussion. I’m sure the dresses etc that are on display further down the street are not heritage colours.

Posted by stella, 29/09/2010 5:06:50 PM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

It is unbelievable to discover that the council have taken this action against Jane Hearn. When will the council start focussing on real issues in the community and stop wasting time attacking small business owners they should be supporting? Jane’s artwork is terrific.

Posted by Kensington Resident, 30/09/2010 9:34:32 AM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

The council should be ashamed of themselves. This is a flat-out disgrace.

Posted by Kathy, 30/09/2010 11:22:19 AM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

Council - wake up and smell the flowers. Jane-Louise has done a terrific job of making Pin Oak Crescent a funky place to be. Bring in more business owners like her. Why is it okay to approve things like the new sign further down the road which is ghastly to say the least?

Posted by Kerry, 1/10/2010 12:34:29 PM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

It’s outrageous, that this is even an issue. I regularly travel along Pin Oak Crescent and I am certainly not offended by the artwork, as a matter of fact it enhances the street scape. Maybe the traditional owners of this area the Wurundjerri people should be asked for their opinion, look how this suburb has changed since Batman’s arrival. Hang in there Jane.

Posted by Klaus, 1/10/2010 5:33:37 PM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

If you don’t like it councillors - DO SOMETHING about the atrocious grafitti which is consistently along Pin Oak Crescent……of course …..when it costs money to fix - it’s the problem of residents and traders though. Talk about double standards.

Posted by resident, 2/10/2010 8:03:26 PM, on Moonee Valley Weekly

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