Windale mural to combat park vandalism

One of the new murals at Bahloo Reserve, Windale.
One of the new murals at Bahloo Reserve, Windale.

WINDALE has received a makeover thanks to a local youth-based arts project.

Eastlakes Youth Centre and Lake Macquarie council joined forces to paint two vibrant murals on the Bahloo Reserve toilet block.

Eight talented teens from the youth centre created a lively painting of comic icon Ginger Meggs playing cricket and athletics.

The names of the children who completed the mural are scrawled in large, bold font.

They were supervised by graffiti artist Shane Kennedy, who works alongside the youth centre.

His arts project, You Write M8, is designed to engage isolated youth.

Mr Kennedy co-ordinated the original mural 11 years ago.

It was successful in reducing the vandalism attacks that plagued the park for years, until weather eroded the paint.

As well as continuing to combat eyesore graffiti, the new mural will promote the park as a safe, fun and welcoming place while helping to build Windale's identity.

Several more murals will pop up across Lake Macquarie in 2014 as part of the project.