Tourism Wayfinding and Signage Strategy Project
Project: Improving how visitors are guided through Eurobodalla
Start: Late 2017
Expected completion: Late 2020
Funding: The Australian Government is helping deliver this project through a grant under the Building Better Regions Fund that matches Council’s funding commitment.
Last updated: July 2020
Wayfinding is how people find their way around a place. Cues that help people find their way include clear and concise information signs, and elements such as landmarks and public art.
The Tourism Wayfinding and Signage Strategy Project aims to improve how visitors are guided through Eurobodalla to find the diverse experiences, attractions and services that we offer.
As part of this project, a pilot roll out of tourism signage was installed in late 2019 and early 2020 and a signage style guide is being finalised for a hierarchy of destination signage.
- The pilot roll-out of about 70 signs directing visitors to about 30 destinations, is due to be completed by June.
- A Yuin artist has been engaged to work with Council to design the laser cut pattern that represents Umbarra.
- Council continues to apply for grant funding to implement the Tourism Wayfinding and Signage Strategy, including the installation of town entry statements.
- Council is sought expressions of interest (EOI) from Aboriginal artists and designers to design a laser cut pattern that represents Umbarra (the black duck totem that represents all Dhurga speaking people) that will appear on all Shire entry signs and town entry signs.
- EOI applications closed 11 November 2019.
- Draft sign concepts were discussed with targeted stakeholders at two council facilitated workshops:
- April 2019 Tourism businesses and operators and chambers of commerce
- April 2019 Traditional owners and elders
- The draft Signage Style Guide will be considered by Council before deciding whether to adopt it.
Draft sign designs
Arterial Design have been engaged to prepare a draft signage style guide that capture the essence of the entire Eurobodalla and acknowledges the diversity of landscape, ecology and history throughout the Shire. A draft design has been prepared for a hierarchy of destination signage including town entry statements. The draft design has been developed using feedback received during development of the Tourism Wayfinding and Signage Strategy and engagement with targeted stakeholders in April 2019. More information about the engagement process so far can be found here.
The draft design is still being refined but key features of the draft sign design include:
- Using local timber species
- Using local quarried stone
- Turquoise colour representative or our beaches and waterways
- Sweeping curve representative of our coastline, rolling hills and mountains
- Local Dhurga language, walawaani njindiwan, which means safe journeys everyone
- Orange-brown colour of rusted steel which is found throughout Eurobodalla in natural stone, bark and heritage buildings
- A laser cut pattern (note the pattern has not been chosen and the concept below only shows the indicative location and not what the pattern would look like).
The entry statements that were installed in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma in 2016 may not fit with this new design and style but, unless there is a cost-effective way to retrofit them to bring them in line with the new style, they will be retained until the end of their useful lives.