Orange might be seen as a friendly place, but deciding just how we should welcome people is a dilemma facing Orange City Council.
Since 2018 the council has been debating the style of welcome signs to be placed alongside roads leading into Orange.
The matter is set to come to a head at the next council meeting on June 2 when councillors will be presented with designs to vote on.
It follows council deferring a decision on the design when a new style was presented to them by council staff at this week's meeting.
The first sign is intended to be placed in the triangle of land where the Northern Distributor Road leaves the Mitchell Highway east of Orange.
A report to council said the design with three flags and LED lighting behind the word Orange could be altered to suit different seasons and events.
"Using LED lighting council will have the ability to change the lighting colour to mark special events for example on Daffodil Day the letters of Orange could be illuminated in yellow, for Pink Ribbon Day - pink, at other times the letter could be lit in orange," it said.
"Behind the sign it is proposed to install flag (or banner) poles upon which flags of different designs throughout the year can be flown."
Mayor Reg Kidd said the design was different to what a council committee had supported last year.
That design sought to follow the style of a sign at the north-east Victorian town of Tallangatta.
"This has been going on for a number of years now," he said.
"We need something that is reasonably simple and easily maintained. Like something like coming into Bathurst, using native grasses and plants and some rocks, reasonably simple and not overly priced."
Cr Stephen Nugent said he had received "mixed comments" about the proposal.
He said the sign should acknowledge the Wiradjuri people.
"There is an Orange City Council plaque, I don't know why that needs to be there."
POLL: Which design do your favour?
Cr Joanne McRae called on council to make a decision and not defer it.
Cr Jason Hamling said he wanted to see it fast-tracked as council had been considering the issue for some time.
And Cr Russell Turner said he wanted to see costings included with the designs.
CEO David Waddell said the options would be presented at the next meeting.
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