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Outback town leads the way

Monday, 18th January, 2016

The mustering scene depicted in signage erected on the Silver City Highway. The mustering scene depicted in signage erected on the Silver City Highway.

By Darrin Manuel

Tibooburra has always been a big part of the Australian outback, and now it has the signs to match.

The Tibooburra Village Committee (TVC) and a number of businesses and volunteers have started erecting giant 2.4-metre signs to welcome tourists to the town.

The signs, located on both the Wanaaring-Tibooburra Road and the Silver City Highway, are cut from 6mm sheet metal and depict various scenes relevant to Tibooburra.

A number of locals were also used as models for the giant metal silhouettes, giving the signs a truly authentic look.

The SC Highway signs show musterers, dogs and livestock being herded, while the Wanaaring Road display will feature a mining theme.

A third set of signs is also being planned for the road to Warri Gate, with the design likely to be a tribute to the early explorers of our region.

TVC secretary Glen Lackenby said the signs had been a long time in the making, but had proven to be well worth the wait.

“All the committee had been wanting to do it for years, and we finally all got together and everyone was ready to start,” he said.

“We just wanted a sign that would last for 100 years, a big sign for the big outback, something to really project the image of the outback.

“The idea is to have the colour and vision of the outback around the signs and through the letters because we’ve got a beautiful sky and colours in our landscape.

“It looks very effective, we’d been waiting a long, long time and now it’s happened it’s exactly what we hoped it would be.”

While some of the silhouettes will be painted, much of the signage will be left to weather naturally to give it a genuine rustic look.

Mr Lackenby said it was hoped the Wanaaring Road signs would be completed by the end of the month, allowing workers to move onto Warri Gate signs.

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