In a bid to improve the look of Narrogin’s central business district, the Shire of Narrogin council has adopted a colour and signage guide, developed by H+H Architects. The guide was designed specifically for Narrogin, aiming to improve the visual streetscape and complement the built environment of Narrogin’s CBD. The Shire is providing an incentive to property owners to adopt the palette, by advertising grant funding to paint the external facade of their building, provided it adheres to the colour palette guide and is approved by the Narrogin Townscape Advisory Committee. There have been concerns raised over the colour palette guide, with Shire president Leigh Ballard asking at last month’s council meeting if Narrogin would rather see nicely painted, yet empty shops. Many businesses in the town use corporate colours to give their business an identity that is easily recognisable within town, and concerns were raised that a requiring businesses to adhere to a colour palette may deter them from opening up in Narrogin. At the meeting, councillors voted to remove the requirement that CBD proponents lodge a development application with the Shire if they intended to paint the exterior of their buildings or change signage. The word “require” was replaced with “encourage”. “The council didn’t want to put an impediment to retailers, rather wanting to facilitate and make it easier to run a business in Narrogin,” Shire chief executive Dale Stewart said. “That’s why we made the decision to have a grants scheme to encourage people to adhere to the colour palette rather than making it a requirement that business owners lodge a development application for painting their exterior.” Council is considering funding of a maximum of $2500 to successful applicants.