John Hackett wants to know where his map and welcome to Boonooroo sign has gone.
John Hackett wants to know where his map and welcome to Boonooroo sign has gone. KARLEILA THOMSEN

It's nice but it's no map

BOONOOROO’S new bollard looks trendy but it doesn't tell visitors how to find their way around the seaside village, says resident John Hackett.

“We erected a town map on the corner of Schwarzrock and Boonooroo roads in 1995 and it was popular with locals and tourists.

“It was very handy to all sorts of people but the council recently put a two-metre-tall bollard directly in front of it ... then the map disappeared. No one knew it was going and we want to know what's happened to it.”

A Fraser Coast council spokesman said one of the first tasks set by the council's marketing and tourism portfolio was the development of a new regional identity.

“Once the branding elements were determined, the council reviewed its signage to ensure there was uniformity across the region, that visitors knew they were still within the Fraser Coast region.

“A program to install the new entry statements began last year and started with the coastal villages in the southern section of the region.

“Signs have been installed at Tinnanbar, Poona, Tuan, Boonooroo and Maaroom. An entry statement is about to be installed at River Heads once a suitable location is found. Entry statements will be progressively rolled out across the region as funds become available.

“The council, in conjunction with the Boonooroo Progress Association, decided on the location of the town's entry statement and the removal of the location guide, which had deteriorated since it was installed.

“The council acknowledges the efforts of Mr Hackett to have the guide installed initially.

“Since being contacted by Mr Hackett the council has agreed to investigate the need and location for such a location guide.

“Council staff will (today) be attending meetings with the Boonooroo Progress Association to discuss a revamp of foreshore parks. One of the topics that will be canvassed is the need for a location guide, the possibility of installing it on the Boonooroo Hall or other suitable locations.

“The hall is considered a safer location for the guide as it is off the road. It is the first building visitors encounter when entering Boonooroo and it contains toilets and other amenities.”



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