Visitors to Markham Reserve in Ashburton, South Surrey Park in Surrey Hills and Nettleton Park in Glen Iris can look forward to seeing these parks in a whole new light, following the recent installation of environmental interpretation signs containing information on each park’s special features, natural history, ecology and resident birdlife.
The signs are the latest batch in an ongoing signage roll-out arising from the City of Boroondara’s Urban Biodiversity Strategy 2013-2023.
“When visiting parks, it can be difficult to understand the significance of what you’re seeing,” said Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Phillip Healey. “The interpretive signs are designed to inform and educate visitors about the surprising diversity of native fauna and flora around them, and the value of our biodiversity sites and corridors in providing habitat through which wildlife can move across the City.
“They also suggest what people can do to help protect the local environment. For example, Nettleton Park is popular for exercising dogs off-leash, so one of the signs installed there contains information to help owners ensure their dogs don’t disturb the wildlife.”
Similar signs are also in place at Willsmere Billabong, Koonung Creek, Burke Road South Wetlands, Hays Paddock and Freeway Golf Course, with more to come as the year progresses.
Some of the signs contain contact details for ‘friends groups’ associated with each park, inviting members of the community interested in protecting Boroondara’s native habitats and wildlife to get in touch.
“These dedicated volunteer groups work tirelessly for our natural spaces,” Cr Healey said. “But to continue their important work and maintain their momentum, new members are always welcome.”
Interested members of the community are encouraged to contact their local friends group.
For further information email Andrew Birks, Leader, Communications Strategy and Performance. Phone: 9278 4329