Council continues to progress the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan and just recently launched the new interpretive signage at Gleniffer Reserves. Signage was installed at the four reserves in the Gleniffer Valley, including: Broken Bridge, Angel Gabriel Capararo, Arthur Keough and Earl Preston.
“Not only do the signs make a beautiful addition to our Reserves,” said Mayor Dominic King, “they also play a very important role in educating and dispersing our visitors. They aim to raise awareness on how special the natural environment is, give tips on how to protect the waterways, and emphasise the importance of respecting private property, as well as how to behave appropriately when visiting the valley.”
A key feature of the signs are QR codes which play a range of video content. “This technology enables Council to promote other swimming spots across the Shire,” added the Mayor. “The videos will aim to help reduce visitor numbers during peak periods by showcasing alternative locations like Dangar Falls in Dorrigo or our beautiful beaches at Urunga.”
Bellingen Shire Council’s investment in the signage project was supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, via the 2018 Regional Tourism Fund.
Each sign provides different information across a range of themes from indigenous culture, European history, native flora and fauna and highlights the important conservation work that the Never Never Catchment Group and the local community has completed over the last twenty years to improve the natural environment and riparian zone. The signs were developed and designed by local firm, Fisher Design and Architecture.
The Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan aims to provide a vision for the Reserves and reflect our community’s creative spirit and environmental values. It aims to preserve and protect the natural environment while retaining a sense of place through the implementation of ideas and design solutions. The key strategies employed focus on: education, information, infrastructure and regulation.