VENUS Bay’s River Poles project, displaying environmental and interpretive signage, has been completed.

The river poles were placed along the river path.

The themes were: about the river, along the river, in the river and above the river.

The project was supported by the South Gippsland Shire Council, which provided a community grant to assist in the construction and erection of the poles.

Council’s Community Grants program aims to support community initiatives that enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities for the South Gippsland area.

The grants help to reduce the financial outlay for community groups and organisations who then deliver projects that benefit the local community.

Council provided a grant of $3000 towards the $5000 project, which was further funded by the Venus Bay Community Centre and in-kind contributions.

The South Gippsland Bush Reserve team installed the poles.

“The river poles are placed along the bike track where lots of people enjoy the environment,” Alyson Skinner, manager of the Venus Bay Community Centre, said.

The push for the project came from the little to no signage to enable visitors to understand the beauty and fragility of Venus Bay.

Providing information through graphic signage about native flora and fauna, geomorphic features and relevant Indigenous and cultural information helps community members and visitors understand and respect the shared environment.

The project is aimed at connecting people with place and increasing awareness of the natural environment – showcasing the beautiful natural features and providing a legacy of information about the past, present and future.

The 20 river poles are now open and available to be enjoyed by the community in Venus Bay along the river.