ERRORS in a new wayfinder sign installed outside the West Gippsland Arts Centre on the corner of Smith and Albert Streets in Warragul might not be fixable, according to the Baw Baw Shire Council.
First published in the 13 March 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Get your copy today from retailers across Baw Baw.
The new Civic Precinct sign has three faces with writing on them detailing the history of the site and what is in the area, however there are several errors.
One face has a history spiel which, while interesting, is difficult to read due to a typo: “In March 1928 with West Gippsland Gazette reported the installation of swings in Civic Park, then called Warragul Park the Gazette reported…”
Minor in comparison is the directional pointer for the West Gippsland Arts Centre, which reads “Art Centre” – singular.
The sign was funded as part of the council’s three-year healthy communities project, which has since been discontinued.
A spokesperson for the council told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen they were disappointed with how the sign had turned out, but correcting the errors might not be possible as it “would be costly to do so.”
The spokesperson did however say they would look for ways to fix the sign.
The sign is the most advanced and visually striking of several planned wayfinders. The council spokesperson said they have been designed to encourage physical activity by showing places where people can run, walk, cycle and exercise.
“The signs are important in getting the community to walk and cycle more,” the spokesperson said.
The sign also highlights the location of the Eastern Park Community Garden, which was partially funded by the same program.
Funding allowing, there will be several other less-advanced wayfinder signs erected throught the Warragul and Drouin CBDs.
The new sign features maps, which will also be available online, local history, pictures, a small chalk board as well as distance estimations.
The spokesperson said a wayfinder sign would also be erected at the Warragul Station precinct as part of the site’s redevelopment.
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