Karimbla Rd in Miranda. Obscene "Artwork"

Karimbla Rd in Miranda. Obscene "Artwork"

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Josie L started this petition to Sutherland Shire Council

Karimbla Rd (Cnr Kiora Rd) in Miranda depicts a "street art" piece showing 3 young females who appear drunk, on drugs, beaten up and quite Hooker-ish in their appearance, all while drinking and smoking.

This "art" is positioned right near Westfield shopping centre and the train station where many adolescents walk past, there are also two day-cares in walking distance and the ever popular with families and young people, Centenary park. It is also a part of the Miranda Commercial Precinct.

This is NOT a petition to stop public art, as it can enhance a public space, it is NOT a petition against the freedom of artist or free speech. It IS a petition for the owners to take responsibility for clearly promoting smoking, drinking, drug taking and the public display of young females shown in a suggestive and degrading manner in a public space.

Sutherland Shire have contacted the owner who refused to remove the piece. We are hoping that the Council applies Local Government Act 1993, Section 125, to force the removal based on a public nuisance. Nuisance being:  Cigarette and alcohol advertising is restricted to people not of legal age to drink/ smoke.

There are many studies relating to how advertising drinking and smoking can influence young minds, which is way it has been banned from advertisements and the media targeted at minors. This piece showing smoking and drinking may even be perceived by young minds as sexy/ cool by the young women used. It is adverting this lifestyle and should be removed. You would not stand for a billboard promoting this, so why should this "art" be allowed...?

Why not have an art piece that represents the Sutherland shire? Beautiful, natural and reflects positive morals.

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