Council will change our town signs, here are 10 ideas
THE Southern Downs Regional Council wants to replace all of our town entrance signs and it's called for a round of community consultation to help guide the decisions.
See, first impressions last.
This is why a community needs to put some thought it to the entrance signs it erects outside its towns.
So, the Warwick Daily News thought we'd pull together a couple of examples of what has been done in other Australian towns.
Some of these idea are classic, some are junk, and some... well, some don't make any sense.
Travellers approaching the western Queensland town of Surat are greeted with a pair of cockatoos resting on a false rock. It's the kind of sign that would make people stop and take a photo. Much like the stoic people of Western Queensland, it's nothing too flashy, yet leaves a lasting impression.
Australia's opal mining towns have fierce reputations. Places like Yowah, White Cliffs and Lightning Ridge are home to a transient population. Fossickers will work through the cooler winter months before heading to the coast in summer to sell their finds. These are also towns were people don't ask a lot of questions, they are towns were no-one has a last name and basic services like sewage, power and police are short on the ground. Good on lightning Ridge for embracing this wild west aesthetic.
Outback towns are short on resources but over flowing with character. At Coober Pedy the townsfolk have balanced a flatbed truck atop some sign posts in a clear reference to local mining economy. The full-size truck can be seen for miles, unlike the town, which is built underground in an effort to escape the desert heat.
A good sign can support local business and this zig-saw creation from Parachilna points travellers to the Prairie Hotel where they can sample mixed grill of emu, kangaroo and camel. Hmmm tasty. Knocking together a couple old street signs is clearly a low-cost option, which is great if the council wants to preserve its budget position. Whether the Prairie Hotel paid for the sign could not be confirmed.
You can't talk about great Australian town signs without mentioning the majestic Brahman that welcomes visitors to Rockhampton. There's 10 dotted around the city and, like the beef industry they represent, they are point of pride. However, the Southern Downs town planners should be cautions about the long term costs of erecting monuments to bulls and beef, as the Rockhampton statues are regularly vandalised. Stealing a pair of the bull's ceramic balls have become a rite of passage for the city's youth.
This is more of an example of what to avoid. We can see the Moorabool Shire Council are trying to reference the region's wine industry, but the execution is all wrong. It looks more like a Mr Squiggle reject than a respectable town sign. If someone is driving past at 60km, they'll be lucky to make out the images on the sign without crashing. Keep it simple.
This beach town sits on the northern fringe of Perth and the town planners wanted to reference the beach culture and ecosystem. The designers have built a small cluster of faux tree trunks that look at home in the higher reaches of the sand dunes. It's a classy and simple idea.
The town council at Etheridge in for north Queensland had this fake tree stump built to hold up it entrance sign. The stump is made from a hard foam that was coated in hammer-proof resin. This makes it tougher than your average stump and likely to last much longer. It's another simple idea that differs from the usual corporate jewellery we see outside many an Australian town.
Classy pays off most of the time and Texas has a great example. The council commissioned two signs, one for Texas and one for Inglewood. Both are embossed with colourful native parrots. The forest green board is also striking when set against the dry landscape of the Southern Queensland.
This tiny wheatbelt town in rural Western Australia has gone big. They've plopped a cartoon gilgie, or crayfish, atop their sign. This friendly fella welcome travellers to a town of 93... people that is. Top effort from a small community.