Kenilworth Designer Dunny
  • Last updated:
  • 13 Jul 2016

Council plans to build a new public toilet at Isaac Moore Park in Kenilworth, a popular recreation area. The Kenilworth community, in partnership with council, invited entries to the Kenilworth Designer Dunny ideas competition to help determine the building design. The winning design, by Maleny resident Michael Lennie, was announced in March 2016.

Project scope

The aim of this project is to deliver an iconic facility that will attract attention and visitors to Kenilworth while achieving the functional public toilet needs of Isaac Moore Park. The building should generate a sense of excitement and pride in the Kenilworth community, and become a draw-card for visitors to the rural town.


The competition is now closed.

View the 12 finalists entries along with the judge's descriptions/citations (as prepared by The Chair of the Jury, John Mainwaring).

The competition aimed to attract creative people with brilliant ideas as well as professionals and students from fine arts, architecture, engineering, and related disciplines. Collaborations between architects, designers, artists and the community are encouraged to ensure the project is connected to the place and community.

Entries were shortlisted for community feedback by a professional jury. The final winner was chosen after the jury selected the overall winner in consultation with community feedback. The jury members were:

Cr Greg Rogerson is Division 10 Councillor for Sunshine Coast Council and holds the Place Management and Delivery portfolio. Cr Rogerson (Rogo), was elected to council for the first time in 2004 with Maroochy Shire Council and again in 2012 with Sunshine Coast Council. Cr Rogerson is equally passionate about sport and the arts. He has qualifications in graphic print making and design, sculpture and pottery and a background in teaching.
Greg has been working as a full-time sculptor for 38 years, completing major commissions in Australia and internationally, as well as exhibiting annually in solo and major group shows in Australia, New York, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In 2001 he acquired 400 acres of land at Palmer in South Australia, to establish an independent sculpture landscape and address environmental issues. In 2013 a major work “At The Centre [There Is Nothing]” was installed on Sydney Harbour. A residency in Cork, Ireland was also completed in the same year, with a work “Monument To The Carers Of  Place” installed there in early 2014. A second major monograph, written by John Neylon, “Edge Of  Time” has been published in 2015. Major commissions have been completed in Melbourne, “Dual Column (Vortex)” and Sydney (“Wavering Circle”) in 2015. John Mainwaring is a Sunshine Coast architect and a life fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He has worked both in England and Denmark, travelling extensively throughout the world including Japan. John has received many citations and commendations for his work from all aspects of the industry. His work has been published extensively including in South East Asia, France, Spain, England, Japan, Germany and Italy. He has been involved with many buildings in East Queensland and in particular the Sunshine Coast region where he has a firsthand understanding of the area. His design philosophy principally revolves around site, climatic, and environmental factors, and he now practices and lives in Brisbane.

John was design director for the refurbished Queen Street Mall in central Brisbane, for which he won a Civic Design Award of Merit.

Other urban design projects include the Noosaville riverfront streetscape and the Noosa Junction streetscape. Awards include the Robin Boyd and Robin Dods Award for residential architecture, the FDG Stanley Award and the Sir Zelman Cowan Award for institutional buildings, the National Commercial Commendation and the National Environment Award.

He worked for twenty years in tourism-related projects and lectured at both Queensland University of Technology and Queensland University. Many have been published nationally and internationally, with the firm developing its own distinctive sub-tropical and tropical architectural aesthetic.

Lynne Seear is a senior curator, writer and arts manager with over 25 years’ experience in the visual arts, including 16 years at the Queensland Art Gallery in management roles involving collection development, exhibition planning, publishing and policy development and implementation. From 2000 to 2010 she was the Queensland Art Gallery’s Deputy Director, Curatorial and Collection Development.

In this position she managed curatorial programs and projects that were central in the establishment of the Gallery of Modern Art, in particular the growth and display of the gallery’s contemporary collections. During this period she had curatorial oversight of the gallery’s major exhibitions including many large-scale international shows, including the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2002, 2006 and 2009), Andy Warhol (2007) and American Impressionism & Realism – a Landmark Exhibition from the Met (2009).

Lynne has extensive experience in writing and publishing and has contributed to and edited several major books and exhibition catalogues, including the acclaimed anthologies Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850- 1965 and Brought to Light II: Contemporary Australian Art 1966-2006. Lynne is currently project curator and Chair of the Arts Program Committee at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Shirley has lived in Kenilworth for nearly 50 years, most of this time teaching at Kenilworth State Community College and Conondale State School. She was the founding member of Kenilworth Arts Council and helped initiate and establish the Kenilworth Celebrates! Arts Festival. Shirley’s community involvement includes being past President of Kenilworth Arts Council, now a life member, current Secretary Mary Valley Community News Assn Inc ( Mary Valley Voice), current Secretary Kenilworth Village Units Assn Inc, a member of Kenilworth Historical Assn Inc and currently a parish councillor of the Maleny Anglican Parish. She was a co-director, with Veronika Spicer, of Kenilworth Art Space Galley for three years. In 2003 Shirley received a Kenilworth Living Treasure Award for services to the community.

Shirley has academic qualifications in teaching and holds an Order of Australia Medal.

The Kenilworth community plays an important role in this project and has contributed to developing this competition. Entrants are encouraged to read the community's aspirations for this project.

Where to from here

Council will take the winning concept and create a detailed set of construction drawings with the intent to build the concept in the future.


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