Cubby perfection

• Audrey, Lily and Dylan playing upstairs. At ground level is Lily’s dad Steve McQuillan, Emma Cole, Dylan’s dad Dan Loden and Lily’s granddad Colin Rogers who built the treehouse. Photo by David Bell.

THIS treehouse in Mt Hawthorn is exactly what Vincent councillors had in mind when they scrapped their prohibitive verge rules.

Like most local governments, Vincent had strict rules about what could be put on a verge, with tyre swings, little benches or cubby houses forbidden.

The rarely-invoked rule was brought into the spotlight in November last year, when someone complained about a rope ladder and a swing on Chamberlain Street.

Technically, under the council’s verge rules, it had to go.

That set mayor Emma Cole on a mission to revise the rules, and she says this new treehouse in Mt Hawthorn is the kind of thing they hoped to see when the changes were approved in August.

Colin Rogers, the father-in-law of Mt Hawthorn resident Steve McQuillan, is a skilled carpenter and built the cubbyhouse while visiting from the UK.

He borrowed some tools from Vincent councillor Dan Loden, and built the treehouse in a sturdy bough from recycled lumber.

by DAVID BELL

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