Pilbara signs riddled with errors

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
Fortescue Mouth River Road.
Camera IconFortescue Mouth River Road. Credit: Jo Spence.

A few weeks back we pointed out the apparent spelling error on the new signs for Hearson Cove, or Hearson Cov as it is now known, according to the sign-writers in charge.

Readers have been quick to point out it is not the only sign spelling discrepancy to plague the Pilbara in the past few years.

There was that time Swetman Way in Nickol was accidentally replaced with Sweetman Way. Both were local Karratha families, and we are sure the Sweetmans were pretty chuffed with their new-found fame while it lasted.

Jo Spence pointed out the howler for the Fortescue river mouth, or should we say Fortescue mouth river, which continues to exist on North West Coastal Highway.

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Devil Creek welcomes ‘vistors’ to the site.
Camera IconDevil Creek welcomes ‘vistors’ to the site. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

How the sign-writers managed to get mouth and river the wrong way around is beyond us, but the fact it has been in place for a while now suggests we have learnt to live with it.

There’s also plain laziness at play. When changing from a town to a city one may expect new signs, but no, in Karratha we just patched over “town” on the Karratha town centre sign with “city” — written in the wrong font and wrong size.

Private companies are not immune either.

Quadrant Energy’s Devil Creek gas plant has been welcoming “vistors” to the site for several years now.

You have one job, sign people.

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