Sign idea that’s for the birds

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

■ Ex­mouth’s emus now have their very own road signs which it is thought could be the first of their kind in Aus­tralia.

Shire of Ex­mouth works co-or­di­na­tor Joanne Gor­don said the idea for the signs came from com­mu­nity feed­back af­ter a road in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a baby emu.

She spoke to a sup­plier who had knowl­edge of sig­nage and they could not find an ex­am­ple of an emu and chick sign that had al­ready been made, so the sup­plier de­signed a sign which is unique to Ex­mouth and which may be the first of its kind in Aus­tralia.

Ms Gor­don said Ex­mouth loved its emus and that visi­tors loved them too, es­pe­cially the chil­dren.

“There are not many towns in Aus­tralia where you can walk the streets with emus, and we fre­quently see dads with five or six dif­fer­ent chicks that can be dif­fer­ent sizes,” she said.

Ms Gor­don said be­cause the emus live in such prox­im­ity to hu­man in­ter­ac­tion, they had to be pro­tected from harm cre­ated by that in­ter­ac­tion.

Many emus con­gre­gate in Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre carpark so the in­ten­tion is to also place an emu and chick sign there, near the town’s “big prawn”, which to­gether are ex­pected to be an ex­tra draw­card for tourist pho­to­graphs.

Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Ben Knaggs said EVC re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back about the emus.

“Ev­ery­one loves that you can see the emus, and in par­tic­u­lar the chicks, wan­der­ing around the town over the sum­mer months, but with that comes re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

Mr Knaggs said the wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence was one of the town’s ma­jor vis­i­tor draw­cards but it is of­ten not un­til peo­ple ar­rived in Ex­mouth that they re­alised they could get some of those ex­pe­ri­enc- es right in the town­ship it­self. EVC wel­comes pho­tos of Ex­mouth’s emus on so­cial me­dia and Mr Knaggs set the chal­lenge to get the emus and one of the new signs in the same photo.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Ger­man back­pack­ers Jascha Win­ter, Moritz Bien, Lasse Thiele, Hannes Guse and Marten Cock grab a pose be­side one of Ex­mouth’s new emu and chick signs on their trip around Aus­tralia.

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