Parade | Think you can design a better logo for the city?

SNAPSHOT: A 100-year-old acacia being removed in pieces on Sunday after falling on a Kelso home. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 120317csestree5
SNAPSHOT: A 100-year-old acacia being removed in pieces on Sunday after falling on a Kelso home. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 120317csestree5

HAVING seen Bathurst Regional Council spend more than $50,000 coming up with a new logo for the city, the people of Bathurst seem to be taking the matter into their own hands.

After the original design – a colourful, stylised B with the words “Forever Young” – was heavily criticised and lampooned, councillors voted to have the original consultants provide two more options for consideration.

Those designs – “Step Beyond” and “Perfectly Timeless” – were revealed to the public last Friday but, again, they seemed to win very few fans.

Many people posting on social media suggested council start a logo competition for local high school students and graphic designers while others contributed logo designs of their own for public debate.

Now a Facebook group, Brand Bathurst, has been started to continue the public conversation.

The group says: “The best brands aren’t designed by committees. They need inspiration, imagination and love.” It also calls on local professionals and amateurs to submit their own logo designs.

Parade will be watching closely to see what sort of ideas are put forward.

Who knows? Some councillors might be having a look, too.

Catch Angus on the small screen

DON’T forget a new ABC-TV iView series starring Bathurst’s Angus Thompson will be available to view from today.

The long-term local, who uses a wheelchair and has cerebral palsy, has combined with a fellow Charles Sturt University graduate to create The Angus Project.

The show’s synopsis is that a 20-year-old with cerebral palsy fires his professional, older care worker and convinces his hopeless best friend (played by Nina Oyama) to work for him, so he can party.

Cerebral palsy affects his muscle co-ordination, but his brain is whip-smart, and together with his new carer, they get up to mischief around their town.

The show was created by Mr Thompson and Ms Oyama, a stand-up comedian who was recently seen in satirical series Utopia