Invercargill welcome signs need character - city councillor

The Welcome to Invercargill sign on Stage Highway 6 at Makarewa.
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The Welcome to Invercargill sign on Stage Highway 6 at Makarewa.

Welcome signs around the South Island have unique character and Invercargill's should too, a city councillor says. 

Cr Ian Pottinger is working with the Invercargill Youth Council to develop ideas for a fresher, more cultured welcome to Invercargill. 

"When you look at signage on the South Island, some are quite rustic, some are quite cultural," he said.

A new sign welcoming people to Bluff was put up in May.
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A new sign welcoming people to Bluff was put up in May.

"I think you get a feel in Bluff, they have got their rusted and maritime look."

At an Invercargill City Council meeting on Tuesday, the youth council subcommittee put forward a plan to receive ideas for improved Invercargill entrance signs.

Youth councillor Danielle Carson said Cr Ian Pottinger met with the youth council to discuss new sign options last month.

"Our intention is to get some of the ideas the people have."

Speaking before the meeting, Pottinger said the youth council raised the idea of new welcome signs year after year.

"It's something that's come up before three or four times and it's something that they're passionate about. I thought someone needed to get behind it.

"One of the first things my wife said when I got on council was 'you need to do something about those entrance signs'. She travels extensively and thinks we need better."

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Schools could help put forward ideas, Pottinger said.

"With everyone talking about the change of flag at the moment, it gets the creativity going." 

New signs at either end of the city would cost close to $5000, Pottinger said.

"I'd be asking the community funders to see what kind of interest they can show. It's a one-off thing that can certainly attract some community funding.

"[The Youth Council is] going to do something in the new year and put it out to schools for some ideas, then they'll bring some good ideas back to council for something for us to look at."

 - Stuff

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