Hawea area’s welcome signs to be updated

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A refreshing welcome to Lake Hawea is being planned.
Hawea Community Association chairwoman Cherilyn Walthew said the association is planning to update road signs that greet visitors to the town.
‘‘Our road signs are out of date, so we are setting up a subcommittee.’’

Updating the road signs would be an opportunity to understand how the area was identified, as there could be a few ways to describe the region.
Options could include ‘‘welcome to Lake Hawea’’, ‘‘welcome to Hawea district’’ or ‘‘welcome to Hawea Flat’’, she said.
‘‘That could be quite controversial — is it the Hawea district, is it Lake Hawea, is it Hawea Flat?

‘‘Emergency services need to have some sort of reference point, because Hawea district is really large.’’
Branding the area would also be part of the discussion.
‘‘We recognise that a lot of people put a lot of effort into those signs and you can’t please everyone every time but this is why the call is going out to the community.
‘‘If you are interested, if you have an opinion, get in contact.’’

The association was also planning to explore removing power poles and placing power lines underground on Lakeview Tce and Capell Ave.
Funds of up to $35,000 would be underwritten by the association to allow design work to begin, with plans for fundraising to recoup that cost.
‘‘If we get the design and it is way off costing what we thought, then we might decide not to do the build, or it might give us an indication about who we might speak to about this,’’ she said.