SIGNAGE erected in the central business district leaves no doubt that Banjo Paterson was born here.
This week, four poster-sized images of Banjo Paterson were added to the maps that show people around the CBD.
The posters depict stages of Andrew Barton Paterson’s life.
But signage coming in the city did not receive the same attention.
Orange City Council Cultural Heritage Community Committee chair councillor Reg Kidd said it was important people driving through the city were made aware of potential tourist attractions, but it was important locals knew as well.
On the signage coming into the city there is an icon representing the poet in the right hand corner.
“Well we need to update it anyway because we don’t have 38,000 people anymore, we have closer to 42,000, so yes we’re going to make it bigger,” he said.
“Perhaps we could run a competition to choose which profile of Banjo should go up on the sign.”
Billboards and signs on the four major entrances to Orange have also had wording added that promotes Orange as the birthplace of Banjo Paterson.
“There’s going to be a huge amount of national interest in the work of Andrew ‘Banjo Paterson next year, and anything we can do to cement the role of Orange as the place where he was born will be good news for our community,” Cr Kidd said.
“These signs in the CBD were already standing, so putting tasteful images of Paterson on the back of them could be done at very little cost.
“In the same way, the billboards are already in place, so adding some extra words doesn’t cost much and strongly reinforces the message about Orange as Banjo’s birthplace.”