Bakers's KangaArt a boost for store

Lincoln Bertelli, SOUTH WESTERN TIMESSouth Western Times
One of the fibreglass kangaroos getting ready to be painted.  Source: Kanga ART by Miami Bakehouse Facebook page
Camera IconOne of the fibreglass kangaroos getting ready to be painted. Source: Kanga ART by Miami Bakehouse Facebook page Credit: South Western Times

Miami Bakehouse owners are continuing with an outdoor art project intended for their new Myalup store despite doubt over the proposed Forrest Highway bakery's future.

The owners plan to have 20 life-size fibreglass kangaroos outside the store and have secured a number of State and national celebrities to design them.

Planning approval was granted for the roadside store by Harvey Shire Council earlier this year but owners David Palmer and Simone Sanders want to change two planning conditions.

They want to seal a limestone carpark progressively over two years rather than a requirement from the council to finish work before the store opens.

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Mr Palmer said the cost of meeting that request would be significant. He will speak again to council about it, saying he is "comfortable" about the timeframe involved.

Mr Palmer is also concerned about the council's signage requests, believing the setbacks required from the road will make it difficult to promote the business to drivers.

He stopped short of guaranteeing the store would go ahead but said he was committed to finding a resolution.

"It would probably be a bit pre-emptive about the store going ahead," he said.

"There are a couple of issues which are not insignificant that need to be resolved.

"Until all planning issues are resolved, we have to make the best decisions for the business.

"We're passionate about that store though - if we weren't we wouldn't have worked for the extraordinary length of time we have on it."

The fibreglass kangaroos have been designed by a number of big names including The Wiggles, sportspeople John Worsfold and Mitchell Johnson, comedian Pete Rowsthorn and West Australian of the Year Lyn Beazley.

They have all interpreted what Australia means to them and their designs will be professionally painted next week.

"We captured them with the excitement of it," Mr Palmer said.

"We're all intrinsically very Australian at heart and even though we have international sights, what makes us Australian appeals to us."

The kangaroos could be used at other Miami stores, Mr Palmer said, but their preference was to use them in Myalup and the proposed landscaping would be focused around the KangaArt project.

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