Yellagonga Interpretive Signage Project Wins Award

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From City of Joondalup:

The City of Joondalup’s Yellagonga Interpretive Signage Project at Neil Hawkins Park has been recognised at the 2011 WA Heritage Awards, winning the Outstanding Interpretation Project That Enhances a Place category.

The WA Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation and interpretation in Western Australia. The Awards honour individuals and organisations whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of cultural heritage.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said winning a heritage award was a significant achievement and confirmed the value of sharing the many stories associated with heritage sites. “The Yellagonga Interpretive Signage Project is about raising awareness in the community of the environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Yellagonga Regional Park, which is one of the City’s most beautiful natural areas and a real tourist attraction,” he said.

“The interpretive signage within Neil Hawkins Park provides detail on the biodiversity of the area and how the Nyungar people have used the surrounding native plant species.”
“The annual awards highlight best practice in conservation and interpretation of State Registered heritage places and winning this particular award confirms that Joondalup has heritage attractions of value for Western Australians and tourists to the region.”

Heritage Awards judges said the City’s Yellagonga Interpretive Signage Project was “an outstanding multilayered project that encompasses all aspects of heritage. This project focuses on our sense of place in an environment that has minimal European built history”.

Mayor Pickard said the City would like to acknowledge Indigenous elder Neville Collard for his assistance in providing information and research for the Interpretive Signage Project and the Department of Environment and Conservation for the grant funding for this important initiative.

The City was also a finalist in the category of Outstanding Heritage Practices by a Local Government for its Local History Digitalisation Project, which involves transferring the City’s extensive Local History collection into electronic form.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 15:56