About the Project

Council is committed to recognising and respecting the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. As part of this commitment we are developing an Aboriginal Interpretive Signage Walk (Walk) that will flow along the southern side of Lake Illawarra and connect back Yirran Murru – an Aboriginal Interpretive play space located at Shellharbour Civic Centre.

We would like to acknowledge and respect the local Aboriginal community by sharing and celebrating local stories and history in this new Walk.

There are 4 main themes that will be explored in the signage:

  • Creation Stories
  • Artefacts and technology
  • Dharawal Language
  • Native Flora and Fauna



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Concept development

    Research and rationale reported to Council 13 August 2019.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete


    There are a number of ways we are asking for feedback, Let's Chat is only one source.

    We will have face to face workshops with Local Aboriginal Committees, Community Groups, Service Providers and Organisations.

    All feedback will be used to inform a Council Report due February 2020. The report will make recommendation on the location, theme and sign styles.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete


    The design process will involve content creation, design and location selection.


  • Timeline item 4 - active


    Content and stylistic designs have been finalised and a contractor has been selected to manufacture the signage. It is anticipated that the signage will be manufactured in 6-8 weeks.

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Installation & Opening

    Installation and opening times will be determined once the signage has been delivered from the manufacturer. It is anticipated that signage may be installed by January 2024.

Your Ideas


How would you like to see Aboriginal Culture displayed in Shellharbour?

11 November, 2019

Mel Henkelman says:

Signage in prominent places throughout the city as well as artwork from local Aboriginal artists to showcase the local culture and language.

8 November, 2019

richard davis says:

more signage with Aboriginal language , art work local Aboriginal artists,

4 November, 2019

rach28 says:

In terms of sustainability - the indigenous culture knows a great deal about protecting the land and how to work best with it.

31 October, 2019

SafetyCross says:

Actually I wouldn’t. I think the money would be better spent in improving old playground equipment in the Albion Park area.

Previous Feedback

Submissions have now closed, thank you for your contribution.

Click on the theme box and drag it to first or second place. Please keep in mind all themes will be based on local history and culture.

  1. Dreamtime #
  2. Artefacts #
  3. Language #
  4. Flora and Fauna #
  5. Other #

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