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$5000 for winner

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

The Silverton sign made from plate steel. The Silverton sign made from plate steel.

By Emily McInerney

A competition with prizemoney of $5000 has opened for those interested in designing the city’s new gateway signs, but one councillor believes the cash incentive wasn’t needed.

Council has set aside $150,000 for the new signage, and councillors voted to hold a public competition to source prospective designs.

Councillor Branko Licul said the use of heavy steel would complement signage erected at other centres in the Far West.

“Tibooburra and Silverton have achieved great results using plate steel, and we think it would be great to have a uniform approach to signage in our outback region,” Clr Licul said.

“The signs will have a great rustic look, they’ll be able to withstand the elements, and we’ll be able to have them manufactured locally.”

Clr Licul said entrants could submit a single design, or a complete set of five different designs.

“We’re open to the prospect of having one uniform design across all five major road entrances to the city, or having a different design for each,” he said.

“However, if we were to go with different signs on each road we’d have to ensure there’s a high level of cohesion in the set of five designs - we don’t want our set of signs looking too disparate.”

Clr Tom Kennedy said he was surprised by the amount of prizemoney.

“Personally, I don’t think any money was needed to be given as a prize,” he said.

“If the community are interested they will donate their time.

“I think we will get some people who aren’t that interested in the community but in the $5000; like graphic designers from outside of town.

“Broken Hill people will invest time, if it is important to the community.”

But Clr Kennedy said it was positive to see the design process going back to the community.

“I think the community will be happy they get to have a say on how their town is marketed to tourists driving in,” he said.

“I think a lot of community-minded people will put in submissions.

“If it is locally driven it will be more beneficial, as locals know their town.

Entries will be accepted until close of business January 31. Designs need to be in a “stencil” format which can be enlarged and cut into COR-TEN steel plates.

Designs may be up to nine metres wide and must reflect the city’s culture and heritage.

All entries will be assessed by a panel of five judges to be appointed in the coming months.

Entry forms along with competition terms and conditions can be found at

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