For art’s sake

A MURAL of sea life on a jaded toilet block near the main beach at Bremer Bay could be saved under a plan put by a Jerramungup Shire official.

In a report to be considered by councillors as The Voice of the South went to print, Shire planner Craig Pursey recommended that the pictured mural – with whale, sea dragon, seal and fish – be saved.

Bremer Bay toilet block mural

Shire staff had originally planned to render over the mural so it would match a new universal access block to be built nearby.

But, a survey was conducted of residents and visitors, 63 per cent of whom said the mural should stay.

Artist Julie Outram, who created the mural with the help of school children and other residents in 2002, told the Shire she had little attachment to the artwork but would prefer it to be retained.

If Mr Pursey’s mural-saving plan is approved, Albany-based builder J & TW Decker will be engaged to overhaul the inside of the toilet block and erect the new universal access block where a community group would be enlisted to prepare more public art.

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