In 2014 Bellarine Bayside was allocated $4800 as part of the Coastcare Community Grants Program to improve the natural condition of the Indented Head saltmarsh. The funds were allocated to weed and litter removal, revegetation with indigenous species, and community engagement to increase environmental awareness of the saltmarsh-wetland, which is a nationally protected ecological vegetation class.
The Coastcare grant funded production of two environmental education signs to be installed at the saltmarsh. The final signs were designed by Phornchita Yodsan, after the second-year graphic design students from Gordon TAFE were invited to submit artwork for the signs. The process from start to finish took six months, with each student submitting a design and the final design selected from a shortlist of six contenders. Phornchita’s designs are not only considerate of the audience’s needs, but also reflect an understanding and appreciation of Bellarine Bayside’s desire to complement the natural aesthetics of this area.
The educational signs, unveiled on National Tree Day (Sunday 31 July 2016), are the first of their kind on the foreshore managed by Bellarine Bayside and will add to the experience for users of the Northern Bellarine coastal trail.