Timber sign a burden on ratepayers

AN idea to use timber road names and park signs has been met with opposition by Gympie Regional Council.

At a recent works and services committee meeting, councillors voted on whether to allow the signs proposed by Sigma Pty Ltd at a Groundwater Road development.

General manager of council design services, Ross Chapman, said the timber signs would be aesthetically pleasing but have a lesser life and higher cost than standard metallic signs. He said timber signs did not reflect light and were not as easy to see at night as metallic signs, unless specially painted.

He also said timber signs would need regular painting to retain structural integrity and aesthetic appeal, becoming a burden on ratepayers.

The developers have told council they aim to create a special theme for the development that would continue with an entry statement.

Cr Larry Friske said timber signs would be a huge cost in the future and Cr Ian Petersen agreed, saying ongoing maintenance would be a problem. He proposed Sigma be told that standard or low maintenance signs would be needed. The motion was carried.

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