Bundaberg’s entry signs are another step closer to their first update in 35 years as work began this week to remove the outdated existing signage.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the existing signage was created decades before amalgamation and was long overdue for a refresh.
“As an amalgamated Council that incorporates our stunning coastline and beautiful hinterland there is so much to celebrate about the Bundaberg Region,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“It was no easy task to incorporate so many visual aspects into one design but these modern signs much better represent the attractions of the region as a whole.
“Not only will they make residents proud to call Bundaberg home but will also inspire visitors to explore everything we have to offer while here.”
Removal of the existing signs started this week with the replacement signs in the final stages of manufacture.
The new entry signage design, which was revealed earlier this year, is inspired by the region’s natural beauty.
When news of the updated signage was released, social media feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Discussions are under way with local Indigenous groups about the inclusion of cultural elements.
Local real estate agent Shane Chung was among the many community members to welcome the design and commented “great idea”.
He said he’d seen a shift in recent times and he thought the region was headed in a positive direction.
“It means things need to be updated,” Shane said.
“We need to show off what we’ve got here.
“It’s an indication as a region that we’re proud of what we’ve got.”
As a resident he said you always looked forward to driving past the welcome sign and knowing you were home.
“From that point of view, I think it’s important,” he said.
Professionally he said it was important to put the region’s best foot forward in terms of what would “sell Bundaberg to the rest of the country and the rest of the world”.
“Ultimately we’re trying to get people to come and enjoy the lifestyle we’ve got here so I think things like that are certainly important.
“It’s in need of a fresh new approach.”