The new village entry sign on Wardell Rd at Alstonville.
The new village entry sign on Wardell Rd at Alstonville. Rebecca Lollback

Design adds to ambience

RESIDENTS had some pretty unflattering things to say about the town signs within Ballina Shire after they were unveiled last year.

The designs were even compared to a stack of toilet paper.

The shire has now taken on board this community feedback and has already replaced the signs in Alstonville and Wollongbar.

The signs at Ballina, Lennox Head and Wardell will also be replaced.

The new design has been created by Goonellabah-based signage company Armsign.

In a poll held last year on The Northern Star website, 74% of respondents also voted for this design.

The new sign at Alstonville depicts a popular local flower that is purple in colour - the Tibouchina Alstonville.

The sign at Wollongbar shows the leaves of a macadamia nut tree.

Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce publicity officer Candy Fitness said locals are pleased the old signs are gone.

"I don't really think they gave us a chance to showcase anything about each town. But this way each township has its own feel or flavour," Ms Fitness said.

Ms Fitness said the new signs have already been attracting comments.

"People are either saying they're okay, or they really love them," Ms Fitness said.

She said it was important signage into towns "reflects" something that identifies the town to visitors and locals alike.

"I think they're lovely and the council has done a brilliant job."



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