Gleniffer Reserves Interpretive Signage

Fisher Design + Architecture

Projects Between $15,000-$50,000  2019

The Gleniffer Reserves are situated along the idyllic Never Never River in Bellingen Shire, on the NSW Mid North Coast, within one of the most beautiful rural landscapes in Australia – a hidden gem known as the “Promised Land”. The Reserves are surrounded by spectacular scenery – National Park, State Forest and rolling green farmlands, and the area has great environmental and cultural value. The heritage of the Gleniffer Valley is dear to its residents and the Bellingen Shire community. The aim of the signage was to bring awareness and appreciation of the precious and rich biodiversity to visitors, and to celebrate and share the history and Indigenous culture of the area. Addressing the impacts of visitor behaviour at the Reserves was a key objective, with the aim being to inform, educate and positively influence visitor behaviour. The introduction of a layer of story-telling through interpretative signage provided a way to show visitors how much this place has been cared for and loved, and to make people more mindful of their surrounds. The structures have been designed to respond to the surrounding environment and reflect the site’s character. Hardwood timbers are ageing gracefully to a subtle grey, and earthy signage panel colours integrate appropriately into the rural and bush locations. The aim of the signage was to create the impression that the visitor has entered a welcoming place. Positively presented messages, and high quality structures encourage the visitor to be more respectful of, and responsive to, this special place they visit. 



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Project Team: 

Anna Fisher (Fisher Design + Architecture) – graphic design
Christian Fisher (Fisher Design + Architecture) – architectural services
Cherise Lily Nana – copywriting
Tim Adlide (Gumnut Media) – video and online content
Chris Wood (Omeara Wood & Associates) – structural engineer
Brian Miller (Miller Metal Imaging) – signage supply
Natalie Bateman and Keene Ballangarry – artists
Bellingen Shire Council Works Department – builders