City named a finalist in state awards for Esplanade signage

The City of Greater Geraldton is proud to be named as one of the finalists in the 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards. Minister for Environment and Heritage Hon Albert Jacob MLA announced the City’s Esplanade interpretive signage project as a finalist in the contribution by a public or private organisation category in the prestigious state awards.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was a significant achievement and great promotion of Geraldton’s rich heritage.

“We are delighted to be listed as finalists as it recognises the dedication and hard work of staff on this project,” he said.

“The signage has proved to be the perfect addition to the Esplanade, it enhances the area and provides visitors and residents with historical and contemporary information about the surroundings.”

The development of the Eastern Breakwater, which formed part of the West End Revitalisation Project, is a contemporary interpretation of the original Esplanade Jetty which was constructed in 1857 and demolished in 1944.  Renamed The Esplanade in December 2013 and officially opened by the Premier of WA in April 2014, the structure boasts a viewing tower, barbecue facilities, shaded areaand landscaping – returning to Geraldton a much loved community facility which had been lost for 70 years.

In partnership with Mid West Ports Authority, the City of Greater Geraldton embarked on the final stage of the Esplanade project - the installation of interpretive signage, telescopes and a sound unit which provides quality information about the area to the public. It also emphasises the significance of the Geraldton Port to the growing town and wider district and region since the 1850s.

Themes displayed on the signage include the Esplanade, a timeline from beach landing to Port City, the Port at work, Geraldton’s connection to the world, our sleepy sea lions, homeland of the Yamaji and scenes from a changing foreshore.

Award winners will be announced on Thursday 31 March 2016, at the former Hale House that is now the Office of the Premier and Cabinet Room.