LONG TIME COMING: Emu Vale is set to receive its signage for the now-officially-named Emu Vale Park.
LONG TIME COMING: Emu Vale is set to receive its signage for the now-officially-named Emu Vale Park.

Former Vale schoolyard finally recognised

ANOTHER issue that has been put on the backburner for the residents of Emu Vale is upgrading its park, where the state school once stood.

Six years ago, Emu Vale resident Darien Fritz put forward two suggestions for naming the park, 'The Vale Park' and 'Emu Vale Park'.

In a letter dated March 13, 2008 - two days before amalgamation - then-CEO Rod Ferguson advised Mrs Fritz of a decision.

"At the special meeting of council held on 12 March 2008, council considered the suggestions received and resolved to name the park 'Emu Vale Park'," Mr Ferguson wrote. "Council will erect a sign indicating the park name within the next three months." However, six years later, no signs have been installed and the park remains the same as it did years ago, with the exception of a sandstone sculpture from the Jumpers and Jazz Sculpture Symposium. SDRC Community Facilities manager Michael Bell said council was currently rolling out its new program for parks signage across the Southern Downs.

"Council acknowledges there has been a long delay and the Emu Vale Park sign was missed in 2008," Mr Bell said. "In 2011 the SDRC created new local laws about parks signage with the intention that parks signage must state the usage of individual parks (for example if camping is allowed and/or other activities)."

The new signs will include SDRC insignia, the name of the park, its uses and location for the benefit of emergency services. "These signs give a clear indication to park users about what can and can't be done, allowing an enjoyable experience for everyone at the region's beautiful parklands," Mr Bell said.



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