On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved installation of eight signs based on Danthonia Designs’ submission, which will feature the words ‘welcome’ and, in Noongar, ‘wandjoo’.
Deputy Mayor Dianne Guise, who was a member of the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) group, said staff consulted with the group and Aboriginal elders.
“It celebrates our long history here; it celebrates who we are,” she said.
“It reflects the bush, it reflects the coast. From a RAP perspective, I’m rapt.”
The $350,000 project will see four 4m high signs installed beside major roads into the City, and four 3m high signs installed at other roads.
According to the March 1 council report, the waterproof and fire-retardant signs would be made out of hammer-proof urethane foam, not real wood or limestone.
They will have a stainless-steel kangaroo paw flower on the front and have either solar lighting or retro-reflective dependant lighting.
The neighbouring City of Joondalup spent about $1.2 million installing eight entry statements featuring colourful poles between 2007 and 2015.