Woy Woy eyesore about to get a makeover

The graffitied wall set to get an artistic makeover

A graffitied brick wall in Woy Woy is getting an artistic makeover, all thanks to the vision and motivations of one community member.

Woy Woy resident June Killington said she was tired of looking at the vandalised brick wall, which stands in a popular thoroughfare between Chambers Pl and Blackwall Rd.

“The alleyway is used as a shortcut, where tourists are getting off the ferry, commuters are going back and forth to the train station, and people are walking to the shops,” Killington said.

“There’s this miserable, brick wall right in the middle of it, and it’s just a complete eyesore.

“So, I thought it’s up to me to do something about it because nobody else will.”

With a vision of a large artistic mural, Killington contacted Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch to help get the ball rolling.

“I asked Liesl what she thought about the wall and if we could work together to get something done,” Killington said.

“Liesl was just excited about it as I was.”

Tesch said she was looking forward to starting the community project.

“When I was approached by June, I thought how nice it was to see a community member take the initiative and do something about it,” Tesch said.

“It’s great news to celebrate the talents of our local community members and to help brighten up the streets of Woy Woy.

Local professional artists Angie O’Sullivan and Naomi Veitch will be painting the mural, with finalisation of the designs planned for November 16.

“We have incredible professional artists on board, so now we are just trying to raise funds to get them paid for their work,” Killington said.

“I have been contacting local businesses, and it’s been a great response so far, but we need a lot more help.

To help move the project along, Killington is encouraging any community funding, volunteers, and donations of supplies like paint and scaffolding.

“This isn’t going to be an ordinary wall, it will be something we can be really proud of,” Killington said.

“I’m envisioning people from miles around, who will come just to have their photo taken next to this wall.

“It’s going to be a real work of art.”

Hayley McMahon