Bathurst Regional Council calls for ideas for 'entrance statement'

COUNCIL has called for ideas for an entrance feature that will be built on the busy eastern approach to Bathurst.

The entrance feature will be constructed alongside the Great Western Highway on vacant land just before the Evans Bridge.

Quotations for a scoping study into the project closed last week.

Council said in a notice that it was seeking quotes from “suitable companies experienced and qualified in urban landscape design and planning” to undertake a scoping study “that would assist council in determining a range of possible options for the construction of an entrance statement on council land”.

Mayor Graeme Hanger said the scoping study will involve “reviewing factors such as heritage significance and will be conducted in consultation with the community”.

“With an entrance feature, council is investigating options for the ongoing improvement and beautification around the entrance to Bathurst through landscaping and signage, as achieved with other projects,” he said.

“There are no plans for what the feature may be, and the scoping study is expected to produce a range of options for council's consideration.”

The announcement follows the construction of entrance features at Bathurst’s western entries on the Mitchell and Mid Western highways.

Red Bathurst brick and steel pillars, echoing Denison Bridge, feature in the works, as do trees representative of old European species in the region.

At the request of councillors, a selection of plants were chosen to provide a variety of colour throughout the four seasons.

The entrances also feature landscaping and lighting.