Tegan gets a spelling bee in her bonnet

SPELLING is an important part of 12-year-old Tegan Malady’s education, so imagine her dismay when she noticed new road signs near her home were incorrect.

Laang resident Tegan Malady, 12, wrote to Moyne Shire pointing out a spelling mistake on newly-erected road signs. 140618DW66 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Laang resident Tegan Malady, 12, wrote to Moyne Shire pointing out a spelling mistake on newly-erected road signs. 140618DW66 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

As she cycled down the Panmure-Laang Road recently she discovered the letter “m” had been left out of Panmure on at least two new signs.

“I was disgusted such a thing could happen,” she told The Standard.

“All the little town of Laang wants is a sign that’s spelt correctly.

“What is this teaching the schoolchildren who pass this sign daily?” 

So Tegan sent two emails to Moyne Shire Council pointing out the error.

Her father Anthony said it was not unusual for Tegan to take up an issue “when she had a bee in her bonnet”.

“I think the signs were put in along with some fresh linemarking to improve directions for emergency services,” he said.

“But they mucked it up.”

A Moyne Shire spokesman said replacement signs were ordered June 10, after Tegan’s request, and would take about two weeks to manufacture, then instal.

“There are more than  2500 roads on council’s register and a large percentage of the fingerboard (road name) signs for these roads have been replaced in the past six months,” the spokesman said. 

“In this particular instance, a spelling error was overlooked. 

“Council will endeavour to prevent such mistakes occurring in the future.”

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