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Entrance Statement for Ross
Kim Peart

The Northern Midlands Council has advertised a design for signs at the northern and southern entrances to Ross. This design has been shown to the Ross Local District Committee (a special committee of the Council under the Local Government Act), who found no problem with the design. Having examined the design and considering what could best serve the present and future interests of Ross as an entrance statement, I have made an alternative suggestion. Though the Council's chosen design has been advertised for public comment, I remain concerned that few people will have been aware of this. I wonder if there should be a Council notice board in Ross, where development applications, such as this sign, can be put up for the public to examine. I find that people in Ross will be inclined to look at a notice board, as the notices in the shop window are an important message board in town. If my alternative design holds merit, I wonder if the people of Ross should have a chance to see it and consider which design they would like best for an entrance statement for Ross. If there is a better and preferred design, that might also be considered, found through more thorough consultation with the community. 
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The Council Officer's Selection

The Council officer's chosen design is by David Denman, architect and heritage consultant ~

http://www.northernmidlands.tas.gov.au/files/P16-099_public_exhibition_documents.pdf

The advertising period closed on 15 June, so the design may not be available to view.

The Denman proposed design is in sandstone, with rusting metal for the year, symbol and name. Rusting metal on sandstone will colour the sandstone with a rust stain, which needs to be appreciated. If this is correct, do we want dirty signs at the entrances to Ross? The sign includes the symbol of an arch, which is intended to symbolise the Ross Bridge. A single arch may, however, be mistaken for the Tacky Bridge at the northern entrance to Ross, which has only one arch.

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My Alternative Design

My alternative suggestion for an entrance statement for Ross includes a simple symbol with all three arches of the Ross Bridge shown. To show a simple symbol with one arch may be mistaken for the Tacky Bridge at the northern entrance to Ross, which has only one arch. 

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My Proposed Entry Statement for Ross

My suggestion for an entrance statement for the entrances from the Midlands Highway in the north and south of Ross would be made of sandstone and include architectural features found in Ross, which are shown further on. The wall could be 5 feet high and the arch high enough for a person to step through. The curve of the wall would strengthen the structure and lessen the chance of the wall being pushed over, or developing a lean and falling over. The lettering would be the same as found on the Ross Bridge, shown further on and be carved into the stone. The symbol would also be carved into the stone. The designs for the north and south of Ross mirror each other, so that the arch is seen first and then the name. People may wish to stop and have their photo taken in the arch, by the name, or standing on a shelf that could be placed behind the wall. There could also be information on Ross on the back of the wall. It would be possible to add other features to this design, such as wood carvings by Eddie Freeman of Ross, who made the popular wood carvings by the Red Bridge in Campbell Town, included further on. On one side of the arch there could be a full size carving of a colonial trooper, on guard. On the other side there could be a carving of the recently lost town dog of Ross, Jackson, known as Jack, who loved to have his photo taken with visitors. The southern Jack could be seated and the northern Jack could be standing. It would be possible to add and change different features over the years and have a quality notice board on the side for events coming up in Ross.
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More Than a Sign

The entrance statement for Ross needs to attract people off the Midlands Highway and into town, where they can discover Ross and the amazing carvings on the Ross Bridge. A vision for the future of Ross can include more carvings in stone and wood, some of which may be inspired by the art of the Ross Bridge by Daniel Herbert. By having a creative and interesting entrance statement for Ross, people going by will wonder what they are missing, because Ross is a creative and interesting heritage town. The entrance statement needs to tell the traveller that this is a great town and they should call in and find out what they might be missing. A creative and interesting entrance statement will also serve to attract quality enterprise to Ross, because the town is selling its qualities in the right way. If a traveller flies past the northern entrance, they may think twice about driving on when they get to the southern entrance, or even turn around and come back, at the demand of the passengers. It would also be possible to include a sizeable sculpture behind the wall, in the alcove created by the curve of the wall.

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The Ross Bridge

The curved wall in the entrance statement is reflective of the curved sections of the Ross Bridge. In this image the three arches can also be seen.

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Ross Bridge Lettering

The lettering on the Ross Bridge is plain and in an old style. Daniel Herbert, who may have carved the letters, was also trained as a sign-maker. I propose that the same lettering style, carved into the stone, be used on the entrance statement for Ross.

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The Entrance Statement Arch

This interesting and decorative arch can be seen in the garden of the house on the corner of Bridge and Church Streets in Ross.

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Uniting Church Gate Posts

The gate posts to the Uniting Church in Ross are an interesting feature, included in my design for the Ross entrance statement.

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An early view of the posts at the Ross Uniting Church, taken in around 1900, before the Drill Hall was built.

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Campbell Town Carvings

The carvings by Eddie Freeman in Campbell Town are in their own right quite a creative and interesting entrance statement for Campbell Town, showing the history of the place. It is hoped that carvings by Mr Freeman could be included with the Ross entrance statement, including a trooper on guard and the late town dog of Ross, Jack.

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The Town Dog ~ Jack

The recently departed town dog of Ross, Jackson, known as Jack to most people who knew his name, was a character in Ross if ever there was a dog with character in any town. An independent spirit, Jack would walk the streets of Ross both day and night, join in events like street parades, go off on a bus, or lie in the road asleep, ignoring cars. Cars had to watch out for Jack. A friendly gentleman, Jack loved to have his photo taken and many people did take his photo. Jack was a wonder to the town of Ross and an attraction on four legs. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. It has been suggested that there be a carving made of Jack and if there could be two, Jack can watch out for visitors to Ross and friends returning, in his old friendly way.

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Daniel Herbert's Memorial Recreated

A full-size replica of Daniel Herbert's grave memorial can be found in the Tasmanian Wool Centre in Ross. That such a replica would be made shows the passion of Ross for the history and heritage of the town. An entrance statement to signal to the world that here Ross can be found and discovered, needs to match this passion for heritage with a quality entrance statement that will find its way into photo albums around the World.

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Another Town Entrance Statement ~ 1

An entrance statement to a place can be bold, distinct and smart, which fits many places.

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Another Town Entrance Statement ~ 2

The Kapunda entry statement is one well worth a photo of or with.

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Another Town Entrance Statement ~ 3

Peterborough is definitely on track with their entry statement.

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