ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced that 35 new signs have been installed in eight of Canberra’s Town and District Parks and nature reserves.
"The new signs display a mix of identification, directional and interpretive information enhancing outdoor and nature-based recreation in Canberra," the Chief Minister said.
"Installation of the 35 new signs completes the second and final stage of the $280,000 parks signage project.
"Additional funding for the project was received from the Red Hill Regenerators who donated $5,000 and the Canberra Ornithologists Group who donated $750 for the signage at Red Hill Nature Reserve. The ACT Heritage unit also contributed $25,000 towards the project," the Chief Minister said.
The signs help visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of the historical, heritage and environmental significance of Canberra’s urban parks and reserves.
A new sign at John Knight Memorial Park contains pictures and interpretive information on Aboriginal and European heritage, John Knight himself, the creation of Lake Ginninderra, plant and bird life in the area and maps of the park and the surrounding region. The sign also explains that Ginninderra derives its name from the local indigenous word for the creek ‘Ginin-ginin-derry’ which is said to mean ‘sparkling’ or ‘throwing out little rays of light’."
Signs have been installed at the following locations:
- Yarralumla Bay District Park;
- John Knight Memorial Park;
- Lake Ginninderra Western Foreshores District Park;
- Diddams Close Park;
- Lake Tuggeranong Town Park;
- Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve;
- Black Mountain Nature Reserve; and
- Red Hill Nature Reserve.
The parks signage project encompassed the installation of 54 signs throughout 13 urban parks and reserves. Nineteen signs were installed during the first stage of works in November last year at Glebe Park, Corroboree Park, Telopea Park, Haig Park, and Mount Taylor Nature Reserve.