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Umbarra to feature on shire signs

Eurobodalla’s Aboriginal artists have an opportunity to share their strong connection to the land by contributing to new town and village signs across the shire.

Eurobodalla Council have called for expressions of interest from indigenous artists able to contribute to sign design. Strategic planning officer Angie Radford said the new entry signs would feature a laser-cut motif representing Umbarra – the black duck.

“During meetings with our local Aboriginal community, Umbarra was identified as a totem for all Dhurga speaking people,” Ms Radford said.

“We’re currently working through our signage styling and there’s been clear community feedback for an icon which represents Eurobodalla, with strong support for Umbarra.”

Ms Radford said nominees should be from country in Eurobodalla or have strong ties to the shire, be willing to enter into a licence agreement with Council, and able to complete the work in the agreed timeframe.

“The successful artist will receive a one off payment of $3500 to create the work and transfer copyright,” she said.

“The design is to be laser-cut into steel, so close collaboration with Council is expected to ensure the artwork suits the medium,” she said.

The Umbarra design was the last step required before Councillors consider the draft Signage Style Guide for public exhibition and adoption early next year.

For application details visit or contact Angie Radford on 44741202 or

For more information on Council’s wayfinding and signage strategy visit

Image: a black duck

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