Litter victory drives concept design for Toodyay's first public mural

Toodyay Tidy Towns' concept design for a $10,000 public mural approved by the Toodyay Shire Council will be open to public comment before a final decision is made.

LITTER COLLECTION will feature as the main theme for Toodyay’s first large-scale public mural, to be painted on the side of a new public toilet block facing Charcoal Lane near Duke Street.
The Toodyay Shire Council last month approved a concept design (above) submitted by Toodyay Tidy Towns Committee Chair Greg Warburton.

It follows Toodyay’s 2015 win as national tidy towns champion and the town’s hosting last year of the 2016 national titles.

The Toodyay Tidy Towns Committee “felt there needed to be something to mark the occasion,” Mr Warburton wrote in a report to last month’s shire council meeting.

He said discussions with Shire CEO Stan Scott, many committee meetings and an art collaboration workshop had culminated in a “concept design” for the $10,000 mural.

The shire has already contributed $1500 to the project and been asked to provide a further $1500 from its 2017-18 budget, which was being finalised at a special council meeting this month.

Another $6500 will be sought through fundraising and grants from elsewhere, and $500 has been donated in materials.

Mr Scott cited the shire’s corporate business plan which includes “activities to support the preservation and development of Toodyay’s heritage, culture and art in order to enrich community identity, develop community cohesion and improve visitors’ experience to the shire”.

Councillors voted 6-2 (Cr Sally Craddock and Cr Brian Rayner against) to approve the concept design and seek community input before making a final decision on the mural.

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