Smithton flies high

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam, general manager Tony Smart and strategic projects designer John Bedford inspect the newly attached Smithton flags on Monday at the corner of Emmett and Smith streets. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Project. One of the town’s central roundabouts has been transformed as concepts from the Smithton Landscape Development Plan gradually come to life.

Three coloured banners printed with the town’s name and symbolic ducks were raised at the intersection of Emmett and Smith streets on Monday, with the 1.6 metre by 3.5m pieces greeting visitors from atop eight-metre-high poles.

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said the shades of green, red and blue used in the flags were all “part of the landscape design”.

“It does depict Circular Head as an agricultural area – it’s part of the landscape,” he said of the new feature.

“That’s what makes Circular Head the place it is. It’s important the people in the community understand what we’re trying to do.”

The plan was drafted in May this year and made available for public comment, with 18 priority sites identified around town on the basis of improving visual appeal.

The “high profile” location of the Smith Street roundabout is one of the first projects to be rolled out over the next few years, costing an estimated $8550 overall with the banners able to be replaced to mark upcoming events or themes.

Cr Quilliam said vehicular sight lines were taken into consideration in the draft plan, ensuring minimal impact on drivers.

“The bottom of the flags are high enough that people can see traffic all the time,” he said.

“As people come into town, it’s right on our main street. It adds a bit of colour, and some people have been asking for that.”

A similar banner setup has been tabled for roundabouts on King and Emmett streets, and on the Bass Highway roundabout joining Nelson Street and Scotchtown Road.

Additional trees have also been planted on Nelson Street near the Smithton Recreation Ground as part of the development plan.

A total cost of $244,552 was tabled in the draft plan completed by the council’s Strategic Projects Office.