Plans for Mataura signs unveiled

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Welcoming...Mataura ward councillor Neville Phillips introduces the new planned entrance signs for Mataura to a community meeting hosted by the town’s community board last week. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Mataura could soon be welcoming visitors to the town with signs worth about $90,000.

The concept plan for the signs was revealed at a public meeting by Mataura ward councillor Neville Phillips last week.

About 60 people attended the meeting hosted by the Mataura Community Board.

Cr Phillips said the proposed signs were about 3.6m high by about 1m wide and made of a plinth of prestressed concrete.

The lettering for the words were made of metal.

The waterfalls and the river depicted on the sign were important landmarks in the town, he said.

The signs would be placed at the four entry points to the town.

While it might seem like a lot of money to spend on a sign, the town’s previous signs had been put up in 1989, he said.

“We are hoping in 2022 we will have these new signs erected at the entrance to Mataura,” Cr Phillips said.

The board wanted signs visitors to the town would wish to have their photograph taken with.

“We wanted something that stood out and I believe that stands out.”