Chemist Warehouse too yellow for former immigration minister


Chemist Warehouse Pennant Hills. Image courtesy Google Maps.
Chemist Warehouse Pennant Hills. Image courtesy Google Maps.

A Sydney council has voted to seek jurisdiction over exterior paintwork, after a Chemist Warehouse was considered too garish

Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock, who is now the mayor of Hornsby Shire, has told Channel Seven that he currently refuses to shop at a local Chemist Warehouse.

Mr Ruddock has reportedly made threats to plant trees around the Pennant Hills pharmacy unless it “tones down” its bright yellow paint job.

“I think the only option I’ve got is to plant some large trees in front of it.

“It’s only when you get something as garish as this that you ask yourself, ‘How did we allow this to happen?’” he told Seven.

He also told News.com.au that “when you’ve got a streetscape with a degree of continuity, something of the unique character should have been kept”.

Seven also spoke to a local historian, Patricia Dewey, who said she hated the paintwork when it first appeared five years ago.

“I avoid going past it because it virtually upsets me to see those colours in an area and in a suburb I’ve called home for 40 years,” she said.

The Chemist Warehouse opened in 2014, in a building which had previously been occupied by a branch of the Commonwealth Bank. The building is not heritage listed, which means the local Council currently can’t enforce a change of colour.

Hornsby Shire Council has now voted to talk to the State Government seeking power over paint jobs that could impact the community, reports News.com.au.

Mr Ruddock wants the shop repainted to look like it did when the Commonwealth occupied the site.

Winny Lim of the Pennant Hills Chemist Warehouse expressed surprise at the concern about the colour of the store.

“How JB Hi-Fi is yellow or Officeworks is blue – Chemist Warehouse is yellow,” she said.

“We opened up in late 2014 so it’s been about five years. We’ve never heard anything about this.”

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