"Offensive" Smoking Koala Mural Removed From Kensington House

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23 October 2017

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A colourful mural depicting a tobacco smoking Koala has been removed from the side of a Kensington house, by order of the local council.

Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council sent a letter to the homeowner last month demanding the removal of the mural as it "depicted characters smoking illicit substances", or they faced a $5000 fine.

Ben Wallace, the artist behind the mural painted two years ago as a representation of the Yolngu culture of Arnhem Land, said he was annoyed he wasn't given the chance to alter the mural before the council painted over it.

“The council does not deserve to have artwork in their area if they treat artists with such disrespect," Wallace told The Advertiser.

“It’s upsetting that I wasn’t consulted, but I’m not surprised.”

The home on the corner of Maesbury and High streets has had murals on it's outer walls since 1982; now lies blank.

“This was the first time in 35 years that anything like this has happened, despite a bewildering number of different murals over the years,” homeowner Mr Hardy said.

Despite claims the council had received complaints about the mural, most local residents were supportive of the colour the art gave to the area.


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