from: THBOA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
to: Lindsay Brown <email@example.com>,
date: Sat, May 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM
subject: The Hector McWilliam community sign
the THBOA wrote to Council
on April 8th (attached) stating that it wished to formally inform
Council that it did not own the community sign on Hector McWilliam
The THBOA had on an earlier
occasion advised Council that it wished to donate two new panels
for this sign that would see the old signs removed and the community
sign revitalised. The THBOA wished to do this in an effort to best
market the whole town and provide improved information and an accurate
The THBOA has no wish
to donate new panels to a sign board that is not owned by Council
that might be removed on a whim by policy or the wishes of RMS (this
is a regional road).
In our letter of April
8th we wrote:
Please advise, as a matter
of urgency your intentions regarding the sign as we strongly believe
that Council is the owner of the sign.
If you do not wish to
declare ownership of the sign might we suggest that you have the
sign removed immediately at your cost as, those in the community,
who erected the sign did so in good faith. They were members of
an informal group that were simply doing a community service of
upgrading a previous sign that had fallen into disrepair and as
an informal group have disbanded.
It is strongly believed
by this Association that we have NO responsibility for the sign
and have not undertaken any maintenance of the sign nor insinuated
any ownership of the sign.
Having received no reply by May 3rd i rang you to ask if you, as
the Mayor, would investigate the status as we (the THBOA) were having
a meeting the following week to finalise the design and endorse
the donation of the new panels.
You advised me that you
would look into it and get back to us with an answer. You informed
me that Council was going through the records of past correspondence
to determine if there was an owner and that possibly this might
reveal that the owner as "unknown".
We have heard nothing
of this matter since - that is three weeks after you assuring me
by saying "I will get back to you"
Thre weeks on from my
conversation with you and nearly two months since writing the letter
- this sadly is quite pathetic and shows a complete lack of any
timely communication capability or any ability by Council to act
on its feet. At the least i had expected to hear directly from yourself
regarding Councils determination of the status.
In a conversation in
the week following our phone call i spoke to greg miller regarding
the Tuross basketball court project. i asked Greg Miller breifly
if he knew of the status of the sign - he said that records were
being looked at to determine the ownership and that he would be
driving with the Mayor the following week and would raise the issue
on that journey.
As yet we still have
The THBOA will now pursue
a different project with the fnds it holds and will be seeking Council
permission to install an approach sign within the community grazing
blocks on the northside approach to the Tuross Head turnoff.
The sign we will be seeking
to install will be 4m wide and have an image much like the draft
That sign will be owned
and maintained by the THBOA.
In preliminary converstatios
with Councils staf it has been indicated that there is no planning
difficulties that can be found, that there is no lease problem (we
have the consent of the lesee) however the Economic Development
Manger feels that this might create a precedent and that a report
would have to go to Council and the RMS would have to be informed
to gain permission i light of the sign being a driver distraction
even though it would not be in the road reserve. We welcome the
opportunity to challenge this line of thought by presenting a string
of existing precedents throughout the shire of a purely commercial
Council may like to now
decide what they would like to do with the sign on Hector McWilliam
as it has no owner and as such has neither a maintenance plan nor
any covering insurances.
Feel free to donate this
sign to the THBOA for reinstalation as a Town approach sign. Note
however that we have already received a commitment from Wayne Hutton
to reuse the koppers swing set frame (4m wide) from Kyla reserve
once the new swingset is installed. Should your offer of the existing
community sign be conditional of the THBOA removing it we have no
interest in your kind generosity as our budgets and capacities can
not accept your offer. Nor do we have a need of Waynes offer of
logs should that also be conditional.
To our minds the community
sign and its condition is solely in the hands of Council. This was
verbally accepted by Paul Anderson and told to Councillor Keith
Dance in good faith as you can read in the attached letter.
Should Council however
accept responsibility of this asset then the THBOA will reconsider
assisting in improving its function and asthetic.In all a disappointment,
as you can read here however the THBOA will now press ahead and
hopefully work with your Economic Development Manager in trialing
a township approach sign as a means to keeping visitors in the Shire,
encouraging visitors to Tuross and proactively improving our capacity
to provide employment to our community through quality tourism and
As with all of our correspondence
this email constitutes itself as formal THBOA correspondence and
will be tabled at our next meeting and also made available on our
webpage for members to read. Our next meeting is at 5pm on June
18th at the Tuross Head Country Club. You are most welcome to attend.
We look forward to a
to read the letter od April 8th, 2013