THE family of missing Bathurst man Andrew Russell would like to see the missing person billboard erected last week be a permanent feature in the city.
The billboard, which was paid for by the community after Bathurst woman Rhonda Griffin came up with the idea and launched a crowdfunding account, currently houses a banner for missing woman Janine Vaughan.
Janine's banner was used first because her family had one ready to go.
But come August, the billboard will be used to hang a second banner featuring information on Andrew Russell, Jessica Small and Janine, and their photos.
Jessica Small disappeared from Bathurst in 1997, Janine Vaughan in 2001 and Andrew Russell in 2009.
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Both Jessica and Janine each have a one million dollar reward for information leading to the conviction of their killer, while Andrew has a $750,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of his remains.
Andrew Russell's sister, Kiara White, said she wanted Bathurst Council to keep the billboard permanently, and hoped they would consider her proposal.
She said it was a great way for families of missing persons to keep their loved ones in the spotlight.
"I want the community to keep talking about them, people here do know what happened.
"I 100 per cent know that, so I think it's really important to keep their faces up there."
Ms White thanked the community for their support and said it meant the world to all the families.
"It means so much to us. Words can't describe how much it means.
"We will keep fighting as hard as we can to keep our loved ones out there and get answers, and it would be great if council kept the billboard permanently and helped us in that fight," she said.
Mayor of Bathurst, Cr Bobby Bourke said there had been a great community reaction to the billboard, and he would support a move to retain it.
He said it was always about supporting the families of Janine, Jessica and Andrew, and the end goal was raise enough for the billboard and second banner.
"This was one way the whole community could come together and help these three families, and down the track I think keeping the billboard is something council could look at."
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