Morley’s famous limestone seal sculptures will no longer be the gateway to the Progress and Bishop Street shopping precinct.
The fountain, designed by artist Vittorio Ulunovich in 1997, is currently the centrepiece of the Progress and Bishop streets roundabout while the others flank entry points to the Progress Street and Bishop Street shopping precincts.
A report commissioned by the City of Bayswater found the fountain’s structure had deteriorated due to exposure to elements, ageing materials, wear and tear from normal use, and inadequate maintenance, the Eastern Reporter reported.
Ongoing public health concerns included the accumulation of stagnant stormwater, algae, breeding of mosquitoes, rubbish and cockroaches.
The removal is expected to start in early 2021.
The City has proposed the fountain be replaced with landscaping, new paving and gardens.
It seems the decision had nothing to do with one of the seals spotted wearing a bra for a couple of weeks recently.