NEW LOOK: Wayne Kratzmann wants to streamline signs across the region.
NEW LOOK: Wayne Kratzmann wants to streamline signs across the region. Louise Cheer

Signs of change

REMNANTS of the former Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon and Wondai shires still litter the region.

It has been five years since the shire councils amalgamated to form South Burnett Regional Council.

But every major centre still has its own town hall and council chambers.

Street signs bear the old shire crests and welcome signs into some towns still link back to the shires of old.

It is time for change.

South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann wants to see the community involved and hopes some new signage will reflect the unification of the region.

Each town will have its own identity and "entry statement" - a collection of words that describe each town.

"Whether you're driving through Blackbutt, Kingaroy or Murgon we're hoping to link them together whether it's with a (logo) or something like that," he said.

"Tourists get confused when they drive out of Blackbutt and are farewelled by the South Burnett.

"And then they're welcomed by Toowoomba Regional Council when they drive into Yarraman and when driving out they're welcomed by the South Burnett again."

Forget the red dirt of Murgon and the navy beans of Kingaroy, now it is up to you to develop the identity of your community.

Cr Kratzmann suggested using South Burnett identities such as Matt Ballin, Steve Renouf and Leah Purcell on the signs.

"But we'll be discussing it with every town in the next couple of weeks," he said.

"I'd encourage people to come forward and tell me when they want from their entry statement."

Any suggestions for entry statements can be dropped off at the South Burnett Times office at 176 Haly St, Kingaroy.

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