Welcome sign design approved

Seven signs, costing $350,000, will be built.
Seven signs, costing $350,000, will be built.

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.