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The unanswered questions of the Shire town signs

This week ABC South East is asking their listeners "What do you think of the new town signs for the Snowy Monaro? There's also a new tag for each town. Adaminaby 'Big Trout Country' Berridale 'Heart of the Snowies' Bombala 'Australia's Platypus Country' Bredbo 'Village of Poplars' Dalgety 'On the Banks of the Snowy River' Delegate 'Experience History' Jindabyne 'Australia's Alpine Playground' Michelago 'Gateway to the Monaro' Numeralla 'Where the Waters Meet'

Meanwhile in Eurobodalla questions remain surrounding the total cock-up of the town signs that fall well short of community expectations and don't even comply with Council's own Town Sign Policy. There was stuff all consultation and even Council's Arts Advisory Panel were left out of the picture which might explain why the signs have little if any art to them. Questions also remain as to the tendering process and the design process.

The Missing O says it all

This week in Peter Cormick's Council Matters he wrote of Town Signs. "I am reminded of the numerous loose ends on many occasions but always when I see the town signs. They are still there. We hear nothing about them. As far as I know, none of the new councillors are happy with them and most want them done away with.So why have we heard nothing? Staff’s response to criticisms of the signs – or of most things that are difficult to answer, for that matter - can be summarised by the response provided to local artist/designer Toby Whitelaw, following his 26 July 2016 public forum presentation on the subject." "A civil, verbal reaction to this maddening response is surely not possible. I have had similar responses over the years and have expressed my frustrations and anger in the council chamber – only to be told ever so calmly by a totally disengaged mayor at the time, that my concerns “have been noted”! "Is it possible that a review of those ridiculous, ugly signs has actually been undertaken and is nearing completion and that we are about to be told of the outcome – that they will indeed be replaced? Of course not!" "On reading Toby Whitelaw’s presentation, you will see that in fact the signs are in breach of council’s own Town Signs Policy. " Further Reading: "O" dear Mruya


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