- Proposed mural of AFL superstar Buddy Franklin rejected
- Was to feature in Surry Hills, walking distance from the SCG
- Franklin retired from the sport in July after decorated career
A Sydney council has angered Swans fans after rejecting plans to create a mural of club great Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin near the SCG.
Franklin, 36, retired earlier this year and booted his 1000th career goal in a win over Geelong in March 2022.
It was hoped the City of Sydney Council would rubber-stamp the mural, but councillors, led by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, formed a different view, believing it resembled a public advertisement.
They also agreed the mural could have ‘adverse impacts’ on the surrounding heritage conservation area in Surry Hills, which is walking distance from the Swans’ home ground.
‘The development has not demonstrated design excellence (and) is considered to be an advertisement,’ a subsequent finding stated.
Pictured: An artist’s impression of the proposed Buddy Franklin mural, which was rejected by City of Sydney councillors
The Swans hoped to see Franklin recognised after a decade of service (pictured, booting his 1000th career goal last March)
The accolade sparked euphoria at the SCG, with fans eager to share the moment with Franklin (pictured) in scenes that were planned to be featured in the mural
‘As such, the development is prohibited.’
The Swans released a statement on the matter, adamant Franklin – who played for the Bloods between 2014 and 2023 – deserved a mural, which was going to be commissioned by advertising agency Apparition Media for a reported $5000.
‘While the Sydney Swans respect the council’s decision, it is a disappointing outcome,’ a spokeswoman said.
‘We believe the mural would have made a wonderful contribution to the street art through Surry Hills.
‘This mural was simply intended as a tribute to one of the greatest players we have seen.’
Franklin played 354 AFL games and kicked 1066 goals across nine seasons with the Hawthorn Hawks and a decade with the Swans.
He walked away from the sport with little fanfare, farewelling fans at the SCG in August but later didn’t attend his own retirement press conference.
Coach John Longmire and Swans CEO Tom Harley were left to instead front the media.