The entrances and main streets of 11 small towns are being considered for revitalisation and beautification works.
Cabonne Council has called for expressions of interest to develop Borenore, Canowindra, Cargo, Cudal, Cumnock, Eugowra, Manildra, Molong, Mullion Creek, Nashdale and Yeoval.
Council’s acting Economic Development Manager Dale Jones said the council did not have any pre-conceived ideas, rather it was asking firms to come up with ideas, plans and costings.
“Although council would like the designs to depict a general Cabonne theme, they should also reflect the individual characteristics of each village or locality,” he said.
So, the Central Western Daily asked prominent residents, the 2017 Citizens of the Year, what their towns needed.
Jim Troth of Molong called for an avenue of trees.
“The council could take on the entrance at the Wellington end. It could be improved,” he said.
And he suggested better welcome signage.
“I like the one that Lucknow has got.”
Warren Upton of Cudal said Melbourne Cup winning jockey Neville Sellwood was buried in Cudal cemetery but there was nothing to tell people about him.
Mr Sellwood won the 1951 and 1955 cups and owned a farm at Cudal when he was killed in a fall during a race in France in 1962, aged 39.
“There’s a famous jockey buried up there in Cudal,” he said.
“No one even advertises it.
“There should be a sign coming into town to tell people about him,” Mr Upton said.
He also called for the re-opening of a hotel in Cudal after the previous one was destroyed by fire and for residents fronting the main road to clean up their yards.
“Coming in from Cargo it is an eyesore,” he said.
Robyn Price of Cargo called for the old tennis courts to be re-opened and the main shed to be painted cream and green to match other buildings in town.
Mrs Price also called for a statue of a miner to be placed in the town’s village green.
“The town was formed by miners,” she said.
She also said the council should level off the sides of the entrance roads so that residents could slash their street fronts.
And Darryl Fliedner of Canowindra called for better signage to direct tourists around the town.