The first of Eurobodalla’s new village entry signs are in.
The signs at Mogo were installed last week. Featuring a laser-cut image of Umbarra – the black duck, a Yuin Nation totem – and the traditional Dhurga welcome walawaani njindiwan, (‘safe journey everyone’). The artwork was created by Yuin Nation artist Tereasa Trevor.
Umbarra also represents Ms Trevor’s hopes for Aboriginal culture.
“That adults can fly freely sharing knowledge and culture, and that children can absorb this – be the best they can be,” she said.
Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, along with Aboriginal community elders, were involved in selecting the entry-sign art. Committee member Trish Ellis said there was strong support for the Umbarra representation.
“It was important for us that the signs acknowledged Eurobodalla’s traditional cultures and languages. Tereasa’s artwork is a beautiful representation and a fitting way to welcome our visitors and locals throughout the shire,” Ms Ellis said.
Made of Cor10 steel, the sweeping curve of the signs represent both coastline and mountains of Eurobodalla. The metal will rust out to that orange-brown familiar throughout the shire and provide a perfect backdrop to the startling turquoise of Ms Trevor’s art. Quarried stone, recycled timber and native plants complete each installation.
The designs incorporate significant community feedback sought by Council in 2019 following the adoption of its tourism wayfinding and signage strategy and subsequent signage style guide. The signs were manufactured and installed by local supplier Bay Signs, with landscaping by Council. More town and village signs will be rolled out as funding becomes available.
The new entry signs are just one of Council’s many projects to assist Mogo rebuild after the 2019-20 bushfires.