Casino town entry sign was vandalised, not storm-damaged
JASON Goulding of Casino's Signarama said repeated acts of vandalism, were responsible for the damage of the town entry sign on the Casino to Lismore road.
"They are a public asset and the way they've been treated is an absolute disgrace," Mr Goulding said.
He said some of the letters had been removed and stolen, while other letters had been damaged, but were potentially salvageable.
The letters are bolted on to the main aluminium structure of the sign.
Mr Goulding said instead of replacing all the letters, the slightly damaged letters were glued back on, as this is the more economical option than replacement.
"But glue doesn't fix itself instantly, it does needs to set," he explained.
"It's not economical to have someone standing there for 24 hours, (so masking tape was used) but unfortunately we don't have colour coded tape so the general public don't see it."
"We acknowledge that this look is not the prettiest while the glue is setting but the alternative of removing panels and doing this job back at our shop really is not an option for reasons that I would prefer not to comment on.
"But if it was an option it certainly would be the preferred option by myself and our installers."
ORIGINAL: THE Casino town entry sign on the Bruxner Highway between Casino and Lismore has had its letters replaced after they were damaged and some torn off during a storm in February.
Local company Signarama, which won the original contract to design and build the sign, has conducted the repairs which involved ordering new letters from China and glueing them back on.
They are now being held in place with masking tape while the glue sets.
Another town entry sign at Coraki damaged during the storm has also been repaired.
The town entry signs were part of a fund council created for a council-wide rebrand which included similar town entry signs for Evans Head, Woodburn, Coraki and Broadwater, and new council area panel signs installed at council borders.
They includes solar powered lights which light up at night and different colour themes for each town.
The signs are made out of aluminium, not stone, but a clever twist in the design made them look like they were made of concrete.