Feedback received from the community about new council area ‘welcome’ signs will be considered when Edward River Council decides on one of three options.
Council has sought comment from the public over the last two months.
Council general manager Adam McSwain said almost 30 responses were received, with the findings still being collated.
‘‘As part of the implementation of council’s corporate brand, new boundary signage will be installed to replace the former Conargo Shire and Deniliquin Council entry signs on the main roads heading into the Edward River region from the neighbouring Berrigan, Hay, Murray River and Murrumbidgee local government areas,” Mr McSwain said.
‘‘Between May and July, council took three individual draft designs out to public consultation and asked the community to provide feedback on which option it preferred.
‘‘We received 27 responses during that period and the consultation data will be provided to council prior to a final decision being made.’’
It is not yet clear whether the signage will be put to a council meeting for decision by the administrator, or following the election of Edward River Council’s first full council in September.
Council manager economic development and tourism Michelle Cobb stressed the new council ‘welcome’ signs would be additional to the specific town entry signs already in place for towns and villages in the council area.
All three signage options feature the following design elements:
■Edward River Council’s corporate logo, representing the region’s local government and our shared identity;
■Edward River Council’s vision statement (which will replace the phrase ‘A Celebration of Partnership’ on the concept designs);
■The Southern Cross, Australia’s most familiar constellation found high in our southern night sky; and
■Two local native birds, designed to reflect the unique natural environment and respect local Indigenous heritage.
According to concept documents sent to council, design options one and two are simplistic but effective designs incorporating all of the above key elements.
Option three is a little more sophisticated in its design, including an interchangeable side panel which could promote any aspect of local lifestyle or particular events.
It also has the option of being fitted with LED lighting for a brilliant effect at night.