Town signs get makeover

WHICH of these signs would you like to see around the Ballina Shire?

The current town and village entry signs haven't been popular - and that's putting it nicely.

They have been referred to as "toilet paper" and a "waste of money", with many residents saying there was no proper consultation.

But the council has taken these negative comments on board.

Two new designs are now on the table, and this is your chance to have a say on what they might look like.

The first one has been designed by Entica, the company which also designed the existing signs.

With almost 10 years of industry experience, this Queensland-based company has worked with resorts, councils and companies all over Australia.

The second design is by Armsign.

This company is based at Goonellabah and has been operating since 1986, working alongside National and State Parks, councils, commercial and not-for-profit organisations

The council's general manager, Paul Hickey, said the council realised that the existing town and village entry signs had not been well received.

"It's been made pretty clear," he said.

"So we've gone back to the original Entica design, and we've also got this new design from Armsign.

"We're looking for feedback from all sectors of the community on which one they like."

Mr Hickey admitted that taking down the existing signs and putting up new ones would cost the council some money.

"However Armsign (the company which manufactured, but did not design, the existing signs) has advised that they can use existing structure to minimise replacement cost," he said.

"The council understands it will be around the $15,000 mark.

"So the other consideration that needs to be made is whether the community and the councillors want to spend this money on replacing the signs."

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