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Whyalla residents have picked their favourite designs

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More than 1000 Whyalla residents have spoken and cast more than 2000 votes to choose our new city entrance statements.

The City of Whyalla prepared five designs for our city entrance statements and took them to the community to decide. Running an online survey/vote, on-site voting at the council offices and library and public voting at Westland Shopping Centre, 1130 people put in two votes for their favourite design.

In a tight race, illustrating the popularity of the designs, Option 1 came out on top with 590 votes, closely followed by Option 3 with 535 votes.

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OPTION 1: The most popular design with 590 votes

Council’s Director – City Growth, Kristina Roberts said Council was blown away by the response and thanked the community for taking the time to have a say in these statements and contributing to another project that is going to help transform our city.

“With this funding contribution from the State Government specifically for city entries, we’ve taken the opportunity to put together something special for the city that fits in with our City Transformation Blueprint,” Kristina said.

“Just as importantly we’ve been able to include the community in the decision-making process and the amazing response shows the people of Whyalla are truly interested in making our city even better and want to be part of the process Council is embarking on.

“This is the way forward for Whyalla …. working with an inclusive City Transformation Blueprint, involving the community and all stakeholders to create a city to work and live in that we are all proud of and can all benefit from.”

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OPTION 3: The second most popular design with 535 votes

Council received $35,000 from the City Entrance Upgrades fund which has been added to with a further $65,000 to create the two statement constructions on the Port Augusta and Port Lincoln entrances to the city.

A concept designer was engaged earlier this year to come up with the five concepts that were presented to the community to vote on.

“These city entrances will not only unearth community pride within the city, especially as we have all chosen them, they also promote positive stories and a positive image,” Kristina said.

“They will show a city that is attractive and encourage visitors and potential investors to turn off the highway to enjoy our city as a tourist or consider it as a viable option in business, housing and development.

“These entrances will pay for themselves in just the tourism dollars that will flow into the city as they funnel more and more people off the highway to discover our great city, stay in our hotels and caravan parks, shop in our shops and eat in our restaurants.”

The entry statements will utilise stones from the old dairy on the Lincoln Highway and steel from the Whyalla steelworks. Council will be working with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to determine the exact location and gain final approval for the statements. Work is expected to start in early March next year and is estimated to be finished by June in the same year.

COMMUNITY VOTING FOR ENTRY DESIGNS

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READ MORE ON THE ENTRY STATEMENTS

http://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=730&c=64167

 

 

 

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