Wakefield Regional Council

Lochiel says “hello” with Council’s new entry sign

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15 October 2019

Arrivals to Lochiel’s 150th were given a warm welcome over the weekend (12-13 October), with new statement signs lighting up both entrances of town.

Arrivals to Lochiel’s 150th were given a warm welcome over the weekend (12-13 October), with new statement signs lighting up both entrances of town.

The striking signs display iconic Lochiel imagery including the vibrant pink Lake Bumbunga, references to the town’s past as a salt harvesting settlement and the mysterious Loch-Eel monster - believed to reside in the lake.

As part of Council’s program residents were asked to combine creativity and understanding of their local communities to come up with conceptual designs for a series of new township entrance signs for Blyth, Brinkworth, Hamley Bridge, Lochiel, Owen and Snowtown, with the best design from each town awarded a prize of $500.

The town signage program is being rolled out by Council over the next two years, with four signs to be installed each year at an annual cost of about $150,000 – or $76,000 each town.

Council decided upon Lochiel as one of the first to receive their sign, so installation could be completed for the town’s 150th celebrations. Meanwhile, Hamley Bridge’s sign is expected to be installed before Christmas, illustrating the town’s origin from the expanding railways of the 1870’s. Following that, Blyth and Owen’s will be completed during this financial year, while Brinkworth and Snowtown’s will be in 2020/21.

Congratulating Lochiel on its milestone, Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid said the intention of the new entry signs for our major towns was to instill town pride within the community, form a sense of arrival and acknowledge our region’s rich heritage.

“It’s rewarding to see the finished product and to hear the positive feedback about it,” Mayor Reid said.

“It’s made better by the fact that Lochiel’s sign was able to be installed in time for their anniversary because it’s a big coordination effort in itself – working through the designing stage, preparation of the site and sorting out all the safety measures with traffic engineers.

“Design winners were announced in 2018, with Council working with communities who were yet to receive their sign, to ensure it truly represents the essence of the town and their story.

“It’s incredibly valuable for each town’s identity and it’s such a great way to welcome people to our unique and friendly towns.”

All signs are expected to be installed and the project completed by late 2021.

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