Winton Wetlands launch interpretive signs
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.