Colac to have new entrances

Colac’s Ernie Andres says visitors’ impressions of Colac “mean a lot” and he hopes to see updates to council signs. He is pictured in front of a sign displaying Colac’s service clubs, some of which no longer exist.

Colac will soon have a revamped western entrance, with Colac Otway Shire Council finalising concept designs for a sign welcoming motorists.

Colac currently has a sign at its western entrance, but the council is developing a new sign along with landscaping that will match the theme at Colac’s new eastern entrance, which workers will install as part of the Princes Highway duplication.

“The concept design, completed by a landscape architect, incorporates a small rock gabion wall and low-level planting,” the council’s acting infrastructure and leisure services general manager Jeremy Rudd said.

“Council has been consulting with local businesses in Colac West as to the most appropriate location on the Princes Highway for a new entrance sign.”

Councillor Joe McCracken last year pushed for the council to investigate the viability of electronic signs at Colac’s western and eastern entrances, with councillors unanimously backing the investigation.

Mr Rudd said the council was “finalising options and costings” which included an option for an electronic sign.

He said the council was also continuing to speak to the Major Roads Project Authority about a new entrance sign for Colac’s eastern entrance.

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