Council town signs hide Bombala community

BIG WELCOME: The new Bombala sign erected by council on the western side of Bombala has obscured the town's community groups signs.
BIG WELCOME: The new Bombala sign erected by council on the western side of Bombala has obscured the town's community groups signs.

The first of Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s new town entry signs have been erected around Bombala.

“Snowy Monaro Regional Council is erecting town entry signs throughout the Snowy Monaro in efforts to boost the number of tourists stopping in towns and increasing the sense of pride among locals,” council administrator Dean Lynch said.

Unfortunately the location of the entry sign on the Western side of town as you approach Bombala from Delegate has been positioned so that it blocks the signs of Bombala’s community organisations - Bombala Lions, Masonic Lodge, Rotary, Vinnies and the Bombala Historic Engine and Machinery group.

Council said that the sign had been erected in its current location in order to meet a number of factors: the depth and size of the footings as well as the location of the gas mains.

“The sign is in the best most appropriate spot to meet these requirements as well as ensuring its visibility to passing motorists,” administrator Lynch said.

“The sign was unable to be placed further out from its current position due to the high pressure gas main and location of the fibre optic cables further down the road.

“The current location received approval from the gas company,” Lynch said.

Mr Lynch went on to say that during the ground survey that took place, the community signs would potentially need to be relocated once the new sign was in place and plans were made to do so.

“Requests have been made from the community to move community signs situated behind the new entry sign.

“These community signs will be moved to a more suitable location in the near future,” he said.

At the time of going to print, the Bombala Times was unable to contact any representatives from the community organisations whose signage has been blocked from view by the new Snowy Monaro Regional Council town sign.

New town signs welcoming visitors to the region have been installed throughout the new Snowy Monaro Regional Council area.

The other signs will be relocated at a later date.