Valley has new signs for future
AS the Mary Valley plans its future, including a whole new image of niche agriculture and agri-tourism, Gympie Regional Council has joined the party with newly approved entry statement signs for the major Mary Valley towns of Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil.
The signs, recommended for council adoption at this month's meeting of the council's Works and Services Committee, feature symbols of the area's history, development and survival.
Amamoor is symbolised by its internationally recognised Gympie Muster, with the sign depicting a campfire singer, complete with cowboy hat and guitar.
The Kandanga entry sign celebrates two of the most important of the creatures that saved the Valley from the Traveston Crossing dam, the Mary River lungfish and turtle.
The Imbil sign symbolises the area's timber history, especially its pine plantation forestry industry.
The new signage is part of a new-look Mary Valley, following the visits of community motivator Peter Kenyon and the development of the area's new plan, intended to at least point the attention of people and organisations to the Valley's new post-dam future.
Council's Eastern Division Works general manager Greg Ingham presented the sign designs to the Works and Services Committee.
Like the Mary Valley Community and Economic Action Plan, the signs intend to typify, in a broad brush sort of way, the human activities and natural assets which have made the area what it is. They are intended to reflect the Valley's strong sense of community, a driving force behind the region's survival and optimism.