THE Queanbeyan City Council have knocked back an application to install a LED advertising structure and sign on the Fallick Building. Deep Impact Advertising, a Canberra-based business, wanted to place a sign in front of the clock or perched on top of the building at 95 Monaro Street.
Queanbeyan Museum Society member Gillian Kelly made a presentation at Wednesday evening’s council meeting opposing the sign. She said the Ken Oliphant designed building was a great example of the art deco style of the town from the 1920s and 1930s. ‘‘If there was any theme we want in the town, it would be the art deco theme,’’ she said. ‘‘We should work from now to preserve something that is unique and worth it.’’
A Deep Impact Advertising representative said it would be a good avenue for small struggling businesses and provided employment for local builders and employees to construct and maintain it. However, council unanimously voted to keep the sign off the Fallick Building for aesthetic and safety reasons.
Councillor Sue Whelan believed the advertising could distract drivers. ‘‘It’s not the right place for an advertising site, the Fallick Building is an extremely important site to this city,’’ she said. Councillor Trudy Taylor agreed. ‘‘I think the building is beautiful and a direct link to our past, it is also a gateway to an area we are trying to beautify,’’ she said.