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Journeys : June July 2009
In Tasmania today Everything old is new again T en years ago, the Huon Valley Council established its long-standing and successful Huon Trail touring route initiative. As part of the project, interpretive signs were installed at a range of interest points throughout the Huon, Channel and Bruny Island regions. The Huon Valley Council, working closely with representatives from the local tourism industry, recently embarked on a refurbishment program of the interpretive signs, the results of which are being installed in various locations along the Huon Trail touring route. The Huon Valley Councillor responsible for tourism, Mike Wilson, says the new designs have retained most of the original informative material, which tells the stories of the area’s landforms and landscapes, farmers, foresters and fishermen, boat-builders and pioneers, innovators and explorers. “One of the concepts in the original project was to focus on real people who had a link to the region of each sign,” Councillor Wilson said. “During the updating, we came across some interesting stories. For example, at the Woodbridge site, the old sign had a photograph of two Woodbridge District School students who were involved with the Marine Discovery Centre. We located them and photographed them again for the new sign. Ten years later, both are still in the Huon area – Adam is a planner with the Huon Valley Council and Kylie, who teaches at Cygnet Primary, has brought her own class to visit the centre.” The audit process involved visiting all 26 of the original sites and assessing the content and condition of the signs. Most had stood up well to a decade in the elements, even in exposed places such as Cape Bruny, in the face of Southern Ocean gales. “During the site visits, it was good to see that people were still reading the signs to discover more about the places they were visiting,” Councillor Wilson said. “At one location, we came across a Queensland couple who were using the Huon Trail information to identify a fossil they had found on the shores of the Huon River.” The new signs, with their distinctive colour palette, add interest and information to a touring visit south of Hobart – look out for them next time you are in the area. June / July 09 45
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