Bus shelters benefit from public art

The Northern Territory Government is using innovative measures and indigenous art to reduce graffiti across Greater Darwin.

Urban bus shelters are at times targeted with graffiti and the Department of Transport is reducing repair costs by providing $100,000 to paint art on shelters which has been shown to reduce vandalism. 

The Northern Territory Government is committed to building a liveable environment, supporting jobs and improving aesthetics along road corridors.”

Local artist and youth family support social worker David Collins and artist Jesse Bell have been leading the painting of 10 city bus shelters in a bid to reduce vandalism and graffiti removal costs.

The public art project aims to promote community engagement and pride in suburban areas, and to engage youths from a range of backgrounds, such as local indigenous artists and women with rich cultural and historical heritage.

Ten bus stops on McMillans Road were also painted in 2014, under Mr Collins’ direction, with ‘graffiti’ style artwork and as a result the vandalism and graffiti at those bus shelters was greatly reduced and the artwork remains undefaced. 

Four Indigenous at risk young people from the Department of Corrections assisted in the preparation, cleaning and clear coating of many of the bus stops.

This project helped fulfil community service work obligations for these youth and provided meaningful and rewarding tasks that contribute to the local community.

bus shelter public art
bus shelter public art