Motion moved to signal heritage

Cr Sutherland put forward a notice of motion at Bayswater council�s last meeting to have pictorial signs celebrating local history installed on buildings in Maylands and Bayswater.

The motion was to investigate design, location and funding of the signs, including possibilities of signage along the river indicating indigenous significance and use of the waterway.

Cr Sutherland said recent trips to Melbourne sparked the idea and brought the motion to the forefront.

�I know we have plaques around the Maylands town sites but it would be great to see streetscapes of a bygone era,� she said.

�Both Maylands and Bayswater have a rich history and the historical societies in both towns do a great job to keep it alive.

�But it would be great to see large visual signage of the town sites on buildings or freestanding if possible.�

Cr Sutherland said the freestanding signs could also show the contribution of migrants as the city has a high percentage of people born overseas from various cultures.

�My idea for the river is to have similar signs as Kings Park indicating the natural vegetation that is found on the river banks and the importance of keeping the river foreshore healthy,� she said.

�In regards to the Aboriginal signage I was hoping to have some informative visuals of how the locals lived on this part of the river before Europeans came, and a historical timeline of the uses of the Maylands and Bayswater river environs in early years.

�This would go some way to acknowledge the importance of the river to the first Australians.

�Obviously we have to get funds for this and that is never easy but I think it is important to try and acknowledge our past where possible.�

Councillors will vote on the motion at its August meeting.