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Courtney Allan

Tourists unimpressed as iconic “blue boat house” in Perth undergoes a change of colour

Tourists unimpressed as iconic “blue boat house” in Perth undergoes a change of colour

Tourists who have travelled from far and wide to see the iconic Crawley Edge Boatshed said that they’re “shocked” to find it a different colour.

The Blue Boat House has been temporarily wrapped in fabric material in tribute to the Manchester United football team, who visited Perth for two friendly matches.

Singaporean tourist Charlotte Chan said she and her family almost got off at the wrong bus stop because they didn’t recognise it when they drove past. “We saw on Instagram that it was a blue house and it is a tourist attraction, so we came here to look at it, but we were very surprised to see it was red,” Ms Chan told AAP.

“We had to ask the bus driver if this was the house.”

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OMG it's red!!! I've read so much commentary on this the last couple of days and most of it has been negative. Seriously, what is it about change that ignites so much passion and protest in people? Don't get me wrong, I love me a bit of routine and structure but doing and seeing the same thing day in and day out makes for a BORING LIFE! Change is good, it's actually great. It's progressive and different and we should be celebrating everything that is unique and exciting in life. This is one of my fave spots to visit and photograph and seeing it like this today is so inspired! Change nothing and nothing changes. Life is for living! This is living! ❤️ {and if you haven't heard, it's temporarily red because @manchesterunited are in town} #normalisboring #UnitedInPerth EDIT: Tourism WA have confirmed it's not plastic. The boatshed is wrapped in fabric and will be recycled when removed. The carpet also isn't plastic. It's sustainable art transforming our State ❤️

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The iconic blue boatshed is owned by Tom Nattrass and it was built in the 1930s. His father and former Perth Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass suggested that the structure be replaced. This was where Julie Bishop stepped in.

“It was a family friend, former foreign minister Julie Bishop, who came up with the idea to paint it that iconic blue, so full credit to her,” Tom Nattrass recently told the ABC.

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