Community members at the North Burnett Regional Council meeting in Mount Perry to determine the design of the town's new entry signs.
Community members at the North Burnett Regional Council meeting in Mount Perry to determine the design of the town's new entry signs. Alex Treacy

Mount Perry votes on town's new welcome signs

MOUNT Perry: Heart of gold.

These are the words Mount Perry residents voted to appear on their town's new welcome signs, which will be modelled on the three "Mundubbera: Stepping forward” signs originally erected by the Mundubbera Enterprise Association.

Instead of a footprint, the signs will feature an outline of the actual Mt Perry, in brown, green and gold.

Mundubbera's welcome sign.
Mundubbera's welcome sign. NBRC

While a clear majority voted for "Heart of gold”, there was more debate about what the words beside the North Burnett Regional Council logo would be (in Mundubbera it is "Citrus Country”).

"Mining History” was thrown around, but Gavin Murray and Irene Duda agreed the town needed to try and break its mining mould.

Keith Gear was in favour of "Florence Broadhurst”, the famous wallpaper and fabric designer from Mount Perry, on the basis that people would be curious about the name and google it if they didn't know who she was.

North Burnett Regional Council's economic development manager Melanie Lavelle-Maloney and general manager of works Johan Louw at the meeting in Mount Perry to determine the design for the town's new entry signs.
North Burnett Regional Council's economic development manager Melanie Lavelle-Maloney and general manager of works Johan Louw at the meeting in Mount Perry to determine the design for the town's new entry signs. Alex Treacy

Nigel French made the tongue-in-cheek suggestion that, if "Florence Broadhurst” was too long, it could be shortened to "FloBro”.

However, support eventually centred on acknowledging Mount Perry's famous axemen and sawyers, so the term "Woodchopper Country” was decided upon.

The signs will be located on Monto Mount Perry Rd near the showgrounds, and on Gin Gin Mount Perry Rd.

They will complement the existing blue tourism signs, which say Mount Perry is "Rich in Heritage”.

North Burnett Regional Council's entry sign to Mount Perry.
North Burnett Regional Council's entry sign to Mount Perry. Alex Treacy

Council has only budgeted for two welcome signs, so there won't be one located on Gayndah Mount Perry Rd unless the Department of Transport and Main Roads identifies an issue with the two preferred locations.

In its publication Guidelines and Criteria: Welcome Signs, February 2016, the department sets out its strict guidelines for welcome signs.

Budget permitting, council wants to eventually erect welcome signs for all six North Burnett towns, based on the Mundubbera signs to have uniformity of design.


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