Childcare mural still not approved

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

The design of a mural facade at the Treendale Childcare Centre has been knocked back again by Harvey Shire Council, which said it did not meet the requirements of the area’s design plan.

The design for the centre, located on The Promenade in the Treendale shopping district, was originally put to the council in June last year but was withdrawn by the applicants to revise, after a negative response from the development services committee.

Further designs were proposed to the council in August but were voted down.

The new mural still included a medieval castle theme with the front of the building painted to resemble a stone castle wall and two water tanks painted to resemble turrets, in a design aimed to be attractive to children.

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Planted vines and creepers around the facade and door were also proposed to soften the visual impact while enhancing its medieval flavour.

Council documents noted that while the new designs were an improvement it was still not consistent with the Treendale District Structure Plan including its ‘contemporary rural’ theme.

Shire president Tania Jackson said should another design be put forward it would be considered by the council, however it would still need to conform to the general appearance of the area.

“We will consider anything that is submitted but the guidance that the proponents received is that it doesn’t fit,” Cr Jackson said.

For facades, the plan also requires an emphasis on natural materials and strongly articulated facades with windows, balconies, canopies or other architectural elements.

She said council’s decision had been based on the fact the design did not meet the requirements of the district plan.

“This is a shopping centre district and it has a contemporary rural theme,” she said.

“We simply try to plan and build that precinct within the lens of that.”

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