Win­ton Wet­lands launch in­ter­pre­tive signs

North East Tourist News - - Benalla -

VISI­TORS to the Win­ton Wet­lands Re­serve this sum­mer will no­tice the in­stal­la­tion of sev­eral new in­ter­pre­tive signs across the re­serve.

Win­ton Wet­lands com­mit­tee of man­age­ment is near­ing com­ple­tion of the first stage of its in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage pro­gram.

The signs are out­comes of the Win­ton Wet­lands His­tory Project, a col­lab­o­ra­tive project with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to cap­ture the area’s di­verse his­tory.

“Over the past six months we have in­vited the com­mu­nity to tell their sto­ries, share their pho­tos and pic­tures, and re­call their fam­ily his­tory,” said com­mit­tee chair, Dr Den­nis O’Brien.

“The area was pre­vi­ously known as Lake Mokoan, Win­ton Swamp and be­fore that, the In­dige­nous peo­ple called the area Mokoan.

“Win­ton Wet­lands is rich in both In­dige­nous and Euro­pean his­tory, and the new signs serve to pre­serve, share and show­case that his­tory,” Dr O’Brien said.

A vast num­ber of In­dige­nous cul­tural her­itage sites have been iden­ti­fied within the re­serve, to­gether with nine his­toric Euro­pean ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites.

“Over time, most of th­ese sites will be marked with in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage, giv­ing visi­tors to Win­ton Wet­lands a greater un­der­stand­ing of the cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the site,” said Dr O’Brien.

The in­ter­pre­tive signs use quick re­sponse, bar­code tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide a unique and in­ter­ac­tive vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence that evokes a real feel for the site’s his­tory and im­por­tance to the lo­cal re­gion.

“Rather than just read­ing a sign, visi­tors can scan the bar­codes with their mo­bile phone to hear the voices of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and their var­i­ous points of view about the site via dig­i­tal me­dia such as video,” Dr O’Brien said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Win­ton Wet­lands His­tory Project go to www. win­ton­wet­lands.org.au.

IN­FOR­MA­TIVE: Some of the new Win­ton Wet­lands in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage.

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