Intricate signage celebrating Bonshaw’s status as the ‘heart of the Dumaresq’ will soon greet visitors to the tiny town, with a winning design chosen this week.
Residents were given the chance to vote on two different designs through the mail, with around 70 per cent taking part.
“It’s certainly fantastic to see so many residents having their say and it’s been a very tight contest between the two designs,” Inverell Shire Council mayor Paul Harmon said in a release.
“Council worked with the Bonshaw Hall Committee to determine what residents would like to include on the signs and Danthonia developed designs based on these suggestions."
He said the project came about after the council met with residents to discuss improvements and adding signage to the entrances of the village.
“The signs will be funded by a New South Wales Government grant and will be produced locally by Danthonia Designs,” he said.
The designs endeavour to reflect Bonshaw’s landscape and showcase the diversity of agriculture found in the Dumaresq valley.
“Production in the Bonshaw area includes cattle, cotton, wine grapes and more recently, pecans and peanuts, so the Danthonia designers had a challenge on their hands to include the variety of farm produce,” Cr Harmon said..
Cr Harmon was pleased with voters’ feedback, and said residents felt it would add a welcoming touch to the village and the winning design’s traditional navy-blue background will set them firmly apart from their Queensland neighbours across the river.
Bonshaw will join Yetman, Ashford, Gilgai and Delungra with the installation of their own uniquely designed, hand carved signs. Residents can expect to see the signs installed in the coming months.