New digital wayfinding sign on the corner of Magnus and Yacaaba Streets in Nelson Bay

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer with Bart Dalyell Richardson’s family and members of the community in front of the new digital wayfinding sign in Nelson Bay.


PORT Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer last week unveiled a new digital wayfinding sign on the corner of Magnus and Yacaaba Streets in Nelson Bay.

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A joint project between Council and the Rotary Club of Nelson Bay, the wayfinding sign forms part of the Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan.

Mayor Palmer said wayfinding signage aimed to make moving through town centres easier and more accessible for everyone.

“This is the first digital wayfinding sign in Port Stephens and others will follow suit into the future,” Mayor Palmer said.

“We want to make it easy for people who are coming to visit to move throughout the town centre and take advantage of all our great amenities,” he said.

The sign includes an information ‘i’ and has a digital screen which can be used to marketing events and activities in and around Nelson Bay, with content managed by Council’s Public Relations and Marketing team. On another face of the sign is a map of the town centre, directions to assist in wayfinding and Braille to assist people who are blind or who have low vision. A digital numeric clock displays on a rotating basis.

2019-2020 Nelson Bay Rotary Club President Arja Levonpera acknowledged Rotary’s collaboration with Council.

“It is great to see the completion of the wayfinding signage project. It’s another example of Nelson Bay Rotary and Port Stephens Council working together to provide the community and the many visitors to Nelson Bay with a wonderful information source,” she said.

Funded by a Community Grant obtained by the Rotary Club of Nelson Bay, the sign features a dedication to long-time Rotarian and Port Stephens resident, the late Barton (Bart) Dalyell Richardson OAM, who first suggested a town clock for Nelson Bay to Council back in 2012.

“While the wayfinding sign is dedicated to Bart, this project also recognises the commitment to our local community by all those who have been members of Nelson Bay Rotary Club in the past 63 years,” Ms Levonpera said.

“This is a great example of Council working together with a great community group like Rotary to achieve a great result for our community,” Mayor Palmer said.

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