They all got stuck in and learned the rights and wrongs of where you should and shouldn’t use graffiti.”The mural itself depicts hands intertwining, a section which represents what the city went through during the 2013 Australia Day floods and the importance of standing together as a community.”That’s basically the big message: stand as one as a community and helping one another through tough times like the floods, which we all came out of stronger,” Mr Zeilke said.”It was really to push the community message — we can all work as one, especially for these kids.”Getting into the habit of an eight-hour dayThe jobseekers involved in creating the mural are part of a program called Xtreme Turnabout, where young people who may have stepped outside the law get a second chance.Now some of the jobseekers are doing regular work experience with Mr Zielke’s construction company. we got in touch with other graffiti artists.”Working together with a local employment organisation, Impact Community Services, as well as street artist Jamie Kirby, a giant mural was created.”We got a group together that have been charged previously with graffiti offences,” Mr Zielke said.”[We] set up a workshop to show these guys that there is another way to use a spray can which can be of benefit to the community.”We got them to do a street art mural on our upcoming display home. It doesn’t really worry me because in the end … External Link:
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“I looked at it and thought, ‘well, there is no point in wasting police resources’; it’s not something that I think they need to waste their time on,” Mr Zielke said.”I thought there has got to be a way to try and have a better outcome.”A post on social media followed, calling out the tagger and offering them an opportunity, and the possibility of a job.”We looked for the culprit with a Facebook post that went a bit viral,” he said.”We never actually got the details of the artist. (ABC News: Gary Rivett)
He says the biggest surprise for him has been the reminder that not everyone is used to a full day of work.”The biggest hurdle we’ve found initially has been trying to get them to achieve an eight-hour day,” Mr Zielke said.”They’re quite good at chucking sickies but there has been a definite improvement,” he said.”It’s going to take while but anything worth having is not usually easy, so hopefully they will get there; they will get there — we’ll make sure they do.”I’ve got a business, a pretty successful business, so I’ve got the opportunity to help these guys.”I think it’s important, when given the opportunity, to try and help.”I really love this community [and] if you support it, it will support you and I just want to try and help where I can.” It is a fairly common sight on construction sites across the country — graffiti tags covering business signs, logos and temporary fencing.Meet the Bundaberg builder who, instead of calling the police, put the call out offering taggers an opportunity to design and develop, not deface.On a particular construction job in Millbank, a suburb of Bundaberg, builder Jesse Zielke noticed a graffiti tag or two on his company’s signs.He did some investigating and found the same tag sprayed on other walls and buildings in the area. Photo:
Young jobseekers are doing work experience with Mr Zielke’s company.
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Bundaberg construction business owner Jesse Zielke with the completed mural. (ABC Wide Bay: Brad Marsellos)