Tuesday, 29th June, 2010
Silverton's village committee has already begun to put up the signs which use historic photos and information to explain the history of Silverton and its people.
Committee secretary Helen Murray said the signs would be supported by a new brochure which would make it easier for visitors to access all the history and information on the attractions the area has to offer.
"It has taken some months to complete the signs, with Heritage Advisor Ron Hellyer guiding the Silverton Village Committee on colours and text and coming up with the final design," she said.
The signs were funded by a $30,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government's Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).
Ms Murray said that while the signs showed the history of particular buildings and sites, they were just the first stage of a major project.
A series of story boards and a town map would soon be attached to a shade area at the rear of the Municipal Chambers so visitors can read the Silverton story and plan their tour of the area.
The committee has also appointed a Maintenance Coordinator as a result of the projects it has been able to complete through the RLCIP packages.
Victorian couple Alan and Linda Moloney were the first people to put Silverton's new interpretive signs to the test on Friday.
The Golden Beach couple arrived at Silverton just as Heritage Advisor Ron Hellyer and Ms Murray were installing the first of the signs.
The couple gave the signs the thumbs up and thought they would be a great idea for their home town.