Sign idea that’s for the birds
■ 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.
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.