A good sign: Final design revealed and next stage to begin

DECIDED: Oberon Council has endorsed the Natural Beauty design concept for new signs for the district.
DECIDED: Oberon Council has endorsed the Natural Beauty design concept for new signs for the district.

THE community has spoken on new town signs for the district - and it's the stone design that has been given the thumbs up.

After community consultation on the new signs for the local government area (LGA), Oberon Council has endorsed the Natural Beauty design concept so staff can move to the next stage of the process.

Six signage concepts were put to the community for preference and further feedback and, at the end of the exhibition period, the Natural Beauty design received 47.66 per cent of the votes.

Heritage Colour and Visually Descriptive attracted 15pc and 14pc respectively.

Council said comments on the Natural Beauty design were positive, with many liking the stone and local materials look.

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Community feedback was captured through an online survey, social media, community group meetings and direct submissions.

Council says it will nominate the open tendering method for the construction of the signs.

Council previously endorsed for exhibition two separate rounds of designs to gain community feedback towards upgrading town signage and place branding.

Under this two-phased approach, council endorsed an initial round of five mock concepts that were used to garner general feedback, community sentiment and design themes. After a second round of community engagement and design, council placed six further refined concepts on exhibition for feedback and voting.

All designs have been created by local signage company Mark's Signage, which has been appointed by council to develop a toolkit that will be used in the fabrication and installation of the signage across the LGA. This project has been funded under the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Council says costs will be incurred in removing and disposing of the existing Oberon entry signs.

Council says Roads and Maritime Services guidelines will need to be considered, but these should be minimised if the proposed signs are installed in the existing locations.

The final toolkit will have the proposed location for each of the signs.